zodiac

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See also: Zodiac, zodíac, and zódiac

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English zodiak (late 14th century), from Old French zodiaque, from Latin zōdiacus, from Ancient Greek ζῳδιακός [κύκλος] (zōidiakós [kúklos], [circle] of little animals), from ζῴδιον (zṓidion), the diminutive of ζῷον (zôion, animal), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʷíh₃weti (to live).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈzəʊ.dɪˌæk/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈzoʊ.diˌæk/

Noun[edit]

zodiac (plural zodiacs)

  1. (astrology) The belt-like region of the celestial sphere approximately eight degrees north and south of the ecliptic which include the apparent path of the sun, moon, and visible planets.
  2. (astrology) The twelve equal divisions of the zodiacal region into signs or houses, each named for a prominent constellation in the region.
    Synonym: star sign
  3. (astronomy) The ecliptic: the belt-like region of the celestial sphere corresponding to the apparent path of the sun over the course of a year.
  4. Any of various astrological systems considered similar to the above.
    • 1998, Sylvia Sikundar, Barbara DuMoulin, Celebrating Our Cultures, Pembroke Publishers Limited, →ISBN, page 58:
      Discussing both Chinese and Western zodiacs might be a prewriting activity.
  5. (countable) A circle decorated with the signs of the zodiac.

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Friulian[edit]

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zodiac m (plural zodiacs)

  1. zodiac

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ζῳδιακός (zōidiakós).

Noun[edit]

zodiac n (plural zodiace)

  1. zodiac

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Noun[edit]

zodiac m (plural zodiacs)

  1. Alternative spelling of zódiac (rubber dinghy)