[ al-myoo-kan-ter ]
/ ˈæl myuˌkæn tər /
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a circle on the celestial sphere parallel to the horizon; the locus of all points of a given altitude.
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Also called parallel of 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
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British Dictionary definitions for almucantar
/ (ˌælməˈkæntə) /
a circle on the celestial sphere parallel to the horizontal plane
an instrument for measuring altitudes
Word Origin for almucantar
C14: from French, from Arabic almukantarāt sundial
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