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#9: Lemniscate

Definition:

lemniscate : the infinity symbol (or more precisely, "a figure-eight shaped curve whose equation in polar coordinates is ρ2=a2 cos 2θ or ρ2=a2 sin 2θ")

Example Sentence:

Not surprisingly, a certain brand of automobile uses a modified lemniscate in its logo.

Origin:

Lemniscate comes from a Latin word that means "with hanging ribbons" – an origin that's reflected in the symbol's graceful shape.

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