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almucantar Line breaks: al¦mu|can¦tar
Pronunciation: /ˌalməˈkantə/

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Definition of almucantar in English:


1 Astronomy A circle on the celestial sphere parallel to the horizon; a parallel of altitude.
2A telescope mounted on a float resting on mercury, used to determine stellar altitude and azimuth.


Middle English: from medieval Latin almucantarath or obsolete French almucantara, from Arabic al-muqanṭarāt 'lines of celestial latitude', based on al 'the' + qanṭara 'arch'.

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