Origin of zodiac
Examples from the Web for zodiacal
Historical Examples of zodiacal
It was the zodiacal light, an aurora borealis on a scale inconceivable!The Black Star Passes
John W Campbell
The zodiacal signs which the sun enters at the equinoxes and solstices.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Now, for the first time, I saw what is called the zodiacal light.My First Voyage to Southern Seas
That is clearly indicated by my latest pondering of the zodiacal signs.Blacksheep! Blacksheep!
These are known respectively as the Zodiacal Light and the Gegenschein.Astronomy of To-day
Cecil G. Dolmage
Word Origin for zodiac
late 14c., from Old French zodiaque, from Latin zodiacus "zodiac," from Greek zodiakos (kyklos) "zodiac (circle)," literally "circle of little animals," from zodiaion, diminutive of zoion "animal" (see zoo).
Libra is not an animal, but it was not a zodiac constellation to the Greeks, who reckoned 11 but counted Scorpio and its claws (including what is now Libra) as a "double constellation." Libra was figured back in by the Romans. In Old English the zodiac was twelf tacna "the twelve signs," and in Middle English also Our Ladye's Waye and the Girdle of the Sky.