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noun Astronomy.
  1. the period of 223 synodic months, equaling 6585.32 days or 18 years, 11.32 days (or 10.32 days if 5 leap years occur in the interval), after which eclipses repeat but are shifted 120° west.
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Origin of saros

1605–15; < Greek sárosAkkadian shār
Related formssa·ron·ic [suh-ron-ik] /səˈrɒn ɪk/, adjective


[sahr-ohs, -aws]
  1. Gulf of, an inlet of the Aegean, N of the Gallipoli Peninsula. 37 miles (60 km) long; 22 miles (35 km) wide.
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Examples from the Web for saros

Historical Examples of saros

  • This cycle was known to the ancients under the name of Saros.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • This eclipse is a return, after one saros, of the eclipse of August 9, 1896.

    Astronomy of To-day

    Cecil G. Dolmage

  • Komenský's activity as a teacher while at Saros Patak was indefatigable.

  • Two ridges, like sprawling arms, ran down to the sea—one towards the Narrows, the other to the Gulf of Saros.

  • He is against its being so far north as the Gulf of Saros and the narrow neck of land there.

British Dictionary definitions for saros


  1. a cycle of about 18 years 11 days (6585.32 days) in which eclipses of the sun and moon occur in the same sequence and at the same intervals as in the previous such cycle
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Derived Formssaronic (səˈrɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin for saros

C19: from Greek, from Babylonian šāru 3600 (years); modern astronomical use apparently based on mistaken interpretation of šāru as a period of 18 1/2 years


  1. Gulf of Saros an inlet of the Aegean in NW Turkey, north of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Length: 59 km (37 miles). Width: 35 km (22 miles)
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