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An example of an artistic crescent — in this case a large circle with a smaller one removed.
An astronomically correct crescent shape (in blue), complemented by a gibbous shape.

In art and symbolism, a crescent is generally the shape produced when a circular disk has a segment of another circle removed from its edge, so that what remains is a shape enclosed by two circular arcs of different diameters which intersect at two points (usually in such a manner that the enclosed shape does not include the center of the original circle). It is used as the main symbol for the religion Islam.

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