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[tol-uh-mey-ik] /ˌtɒl əˈmeɪ ɪk/
of or relating to Ptolemy or his system of astronomy.
of or relating to the dynastic house of the Ptolemies or the period of their rule in Egypt.
Origin of Ptolemaic
1665-75; < Greek Ptolemaikós of Ptolemy, equivalent to Ptolema(îos) Ptolemy + -ikos -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Ptolemaic hypothesis of the universe was then in fashion.

  • In 1632 appeared his "Dialogues" on the Ptolemaic and Copernican systems.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • But for the stars—the old Ptolemaic system might still have been true.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • Even at the present day, we habitually use the Ptolemaic phraseology.

    The Astronomy of the Bible E. Walter Maunder
  • It may have been due to the strange superstition of the Egyptians of the Ptolemaic period.

    The New York Obelisk Charles E. Moldenke
  • It continued to be employed to the end of the Ptolemaic period.

  • How (Diospolis parva) has very few remains of Ptolemaic or Roman time.

  • The Ptolemaic princesses seem, as a whole, to have been superior to the men.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • The theories in your books are almost as obsolete as the Ptolemaic System.

    Two on a Tower Thomas Hardy
  • For those who lived in a Ptolemaic cosmos, these could have existence only as observations of individuals.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
British Dictionary definitions for Ptolemaic


of or relating to the Greek astronomer Ptolemy or to his conception of the universe
of or relating to the Macedonian dynasty that ruled Egypt from the death of Alexander the Great (323 bc) to the death of Cleopatra (30 bc)
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Word Origin and History for Ptolemaic

1670s, "of Ptolemy," Alexandrian astronomer (2c.) whose geocentric model of the universe was accepted until the time of Copernicus and Kepler. Also (1771) "of the Ptolemies," Macedonian Greek dynasty that ruled Egypt from the death of Alexander to Cleopatra. Earlier form was Ptolemaean (1640s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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