- a circle on the celestial sphere parallel to the horizon; the locus of all points of a given altitude.
Origin of almucantar
1350–1400; probably < Medieval Latin almucantarath < Arabic al-muqanṭarāt the almucantars, equivalent to al the + muquanṭarāt sundial, derivative of qanṭarah arch; replacing almicanter, Middle English almicanteras (plural) < Middle French almicantarath < Medieval Latin
Also called parallel of altitude.
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- a circle on the celestial sphere parallel to the horizontal plane
- an instrument for measuring altitudes
C14: from French, from Arabic almukantarāt sundial
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