Ptolemaic

adjective
Ptol·​e·​ma·​ic | \ ˌtä-lə-ˈmā-ik How to pronounce Ptolemaic (audio) \

Definition of Ptolemaic

1 : of or relating to the second century geographer and astronomer Ptolemy of Alexandria and especially to his belief that the earth is at the center of the universe with the sun, moon, and planets revolving around it the Ptolemaic system
2 : of or relating to the Greco-Egyptian Ptolemies ruling Egypt from 323 to 30 b.c.

First Known Use of Ptolemaic

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Ptolemaic

Greek Ptolemaikos, from Ptolemaios Ptolemy

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“Ptolemaic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ptolemaic. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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