plural -s
: a great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the poles and the equinoxes or the solstices

Word History


Late Latin coluri, plural, from Greek kolouroi colures, plural of kolouros stump-tailed, from kol- (from kolos docked) + -ouros -urous; from the fact that in temperate latitudes a part is always below the horizon

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“Colure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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