an·​a·​lem·​ma | \ ˌa-nə-ˈle-mə How to pronounce analemma (audio) \

Definition of analemma

: a plot or graph of the position of the sun in the sky at a certain time of day (such as noon) at one locale measured throughout the year that has the shape of a figure 8 also : a scale (as on a globe or sundial) based on such a plot that shows the sun's position for each day of the year or that allows local mean time to be determined

Other Words from analemma

analemmatic \ ˌa-​nə-​le-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce analemmatic (audio) , -​lə-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of analemma

1667, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for analemma

Latin, sundial on a pedestal, from Greek analēmma, lofty structure, sundial, from analambanein to take up, restore, from ana- + lambanein to take — more at latch

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“Analemma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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