almucantar staff

noun

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of almucantar staff was circa 1706

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“Almucantar staff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/almucantar%20staff. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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