almucantar

[ al-myoo-kan-ter ]

nounAstronomy.
  1. a circle on the celestial sphere parallel to the horizon; the locus of all points of a given altitude.

Origin of almucantar

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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

almucantar

almacantar

/ (ˌælməˈkæntə) /


noun
  1. a circle on the celestial sphere parallel to the horizontal plane

  2. an instrument for measuring altitudes

Origin of almucantar

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C14: from French, from Arabic almukantarāt sundial

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