dek·​an | \ ˈdekən \
plural -s

Definition of dekan

: one of 36 equal subdivisions of the equatorial belt of the celestial sphere including the ecliptic and the stars contained in it used in ancient Egyptian astronomy

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Other Words from dekan

dekanal \ ˈdekənᵊl \ adjective

History and Etymology for dekan

Greek dekanos, from deka ten; from the ten days of each subdivision

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“Dekan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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