loxodrome

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loxodrome spiraling towards the north pole

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Back-formation from loxodromic, from Ancient Greek λοξός(loksós, oblique) + δρόμος(drómos, course) via French.

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loxodrome (plural loxodromes)

  1. (mathematics) A line on a surface (such as the Earth) that cuts all meridians at a constant angle (but not a right angle).
  2. (nautical) A line which crosses successive meridians at a constant angle, the path followed by a ship or aircraft that maintains a constant course by the compass.

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