cou·​dé kü-ˈdā How to pronounce coudé (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a telescope constructed so that the light is reflected along the polar axis to come to a focus at a point where the holder for a photographic plate or a spectrograph may be mounted

Word History


French coudé bent like an elbow, from coude elbow, from Latin cubitum

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coudé was circa 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Coudé.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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