almucantar staff


Definition of almucantar staff

: an ancient instrument having an arc of 15 degrees and used at sea to take observations of the sun's amplitude and to find the variation of the compass

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First Known Use of almucantar staff

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Almucantar staff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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