Origin of eccentric
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Excentric: not in the centre; revolving or arranged about a point that is not central.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
He is a nice old gentleman, but people do say he is 'excentric.'Oswald Bastable and Others
They possess a distinct membrane and an excentric nucleus, and contain numerous yellow pigment-granules in the endoplasm.
The shell in all Circoporida exhibits a simple, excentric mouth, which corresponds to the main osculum of the central capsule.
We shall dwell upon three terms: Concentric, normal, excentric.Delsarte System of Oratory
Word Origin for eccentric
1550s, from Middle French eccentrique and directly from Medieval Latin eccentricus (noun and adjective; see eccentric (n.)). Figurative sense of "odd, whimsical" first recorded 1620s.
early 15c., "eccentric circle or orbit," originally a term in Ptolemaic astronomy, "circle or orbit not having the Earth precisely at its center," from Middle French eccentrique and directly from Medieval Latin eccentricus (noun and adjective), from Greek ekkentros "out of the center" (as opposed to concentric), from ek "out" (see ex-) + kentron "center" (see center (n.)). Meaning "odd or whimsical person" attested by 1824.
June 4 .--Died in the streets in Newcastle, William Barron, an eccentric, well known for many years by the name of Billy Pea-pudding. [John Sykes, "Local Records, or Historical Register of Remarkable Events which have Occurred Exclusively in the Counties of Durham and Northumberland, Town and County of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and Berwick Upon Tweed," Newcastle, 1824]