witch of Agnesi

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witch of Agne·si

noun \-än-ˈyā-zē\

Definition of WITCH OF AGNESI

:  a plane cubic curve that is symmetric about the y-axis and approaches the x-axis as an asymptote and that has the equation x2y = 4a2(2ay)

Origin of WITCH OF AGNESI

Maria Gaetana Agnesi †1799 Italian mathematician; witch, translation of Italian versiera cubic curve (influenced by Italian versiera female demon)
First Known Use: 1875

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