almucantar

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From mediaeval Latin almucantarath or French almicantarat, from Arabic المقنطرات (al-muqanŧarāt) ‘circles of celestial latitude’, formed from the plural of قنطرة (qanŧara, arch).

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almucantar (plural almucantars)

  1. (archaic) a small circle on the celestial sphere, parallel to the horizon, that is used in astronomy and navigation to show altitude of a star or any other heavenly body.

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