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HONEYMOON, the first month after marriage. Lord Avebury in his Origin of Civilization suggests that the seclusion usually associated with this period is a survival of marriage by capture, and answers to the period during which the husband kept his wife in retirement, to prevent her from appealing to her relatives HONEYSUCKLE HONG-KONG for release. Others suggest that as the Moon commences to wane as soon as it is at its full, so does the mutual affection of the wedded pair, the " honeymoon " (with this derivation) not necessarily referring to any definite period of time.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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