almucantar

[al-myoo-kan-ter]

noun Astronomy.

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

Nearby words

  1. alms,
  2. almsgiver,
  3. almshouse,
  4. almsman,
  5. almswoman,
  6. almuce,
  7. almug,
  8. alnico,
  9. aloadae,
  10. alocasia

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

almucantar

almacantar

noun

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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