Metonic cycle

[ mi-ton-ik sahy-kuhl ]
/ mɪˈtɒn ɪk ˈsaɪ kəl /

noun Astronomy.

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Origin of Metonic cycle

First recorded in 1880–85; named after Meton, 5th-century b.c. Athenian astronomer; see -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for Metonic cycle

Metonic cycle
/ (mɪˈtɒnɪk) /

noun

a cycle of nearly 235 synodic months after which the phases of the moon recur on the same days of the yearSee also golden number

Word Origin for Metonic cycle

C17: named after Meton, 5th-century bc Athenian astronomer
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