[ an-l-em-uh ]
/ ˌæn lˈɛm ə /

noun, plural an·a·lem·mas, an·a·lem·ma·ta [an-l-em-uh-tuh] /ˌæn lˈɛm ə tə/.

a scale shaped like the figure 8, showing the declination of the sun and the equation of time for each day of the year.

Nearby words

  1. anal.,
  2. analbuminemia,
  3. analcite,
  4. analects,
  5. analects of confucius, the,
  6. analeptic,
  7. analeptic enema,
  8. analgesia,
  9. analgesia algera,
  10. analgesia dolorosa

Origin of analemma

1645–55; < Latin: pedestal of a sundial, sundial < Greek análēmma support

Related formsan·a·lem·mat·ic [an-l-e-mat-ik] /ˌæn l ɛˈmæt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for analemma


/ (ˌænəˈlɛmə) /

noun plural -mas or -mata (-mətə)

a graduated scale shaped like a figure eight that indicates the daily declination of the sun
Derived Formsanalemmatic (ˌænəlɛˈmætɪk), adjective

Word Origin for analemma

C17: from Latin: sundial, pedestal of sundial, from Greek analēmma pedestal, from analambanein to support

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Word Origin and History for analemma



1650s, from Latin analemma "the pedestal of a sundial," hence the sundial itself, from Greek analemma "prop, support," from analambanein "to receive, take up, restore," from ana- "up" (see ana-) + lambanein "to take," from PIE root *(s)lagw- "to seize, take" (cf. Sanskrit labhate, rabhate "seizes;" Old English læccan "to seize, grasp;" Greek lazomai "I take, grasp;" Old Church Slavonic leca "to catch, snare;" Lithuanian lobis "possession, riches").

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