Metonic cycle

noun
Me·​ton·​ic cycle | \ meˈtänik- \

Definition of Metonic cycle

: a period of 19 years after the lapse of which the phases of the moon return to a particular date in the calendar year:
a : one of the 19-year periods reckoning from June 27, 432 b.c., that were used in determining lengths of years and the placing of the intercalary month in the ancient Greek calendar
b : one of the 19-year periods reckoning from 1 b.c. that are used in determining the date of Easter in the Gregorian calendar

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History and Etymology for Metonic cycle

Meton, 5th century b.c. Greek astronomer + English -ic

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“Metonic cycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Metonic%20cycle. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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