Definition of vigesimal in English:


Line breaks: vi¦gesi|mal
Pronunciation: /vɪˈdʒɛsɪm(ə)l
, vʌɪ-/


Relating to or based on the number twenty: a vigesimal mathematical system
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  • Although it was a base 20 system, called a vigesimal system, one can see how five plays a major role, again clearly relating to five fingers and toes.
  • The Maya did, however, have an advanced numbering system with a base of 20 (a vigesimal system, as opposed to a decimal system).
  • Their standard or general vigesimal count is called kal, count by twenties: hun kal, 20; ca kal, 40, etc.


mid 17th century: from Latin vigesimus (from viginti 'twenty') + -al.

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