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astrolabe

noun as·tro·labe \ˈas-trə-ˌlāb also -ˌlab\

Definition of ASTROLABE

:  a compact instrument used to observe and calculate the position of celestial bodies before the invention of the sextant

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Origin of ASTROLABE

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French astrelabe, from Medieval Latin astrolabium, from Late Greek astrolabion, from Greek astrolabos, from astr- + lambanein to take — more at latch
First Known Use: 14th century

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