dekan

noun

dek·​an
ˈdekən
plural -s
: one of 36 equal subdivisions of the equatorial belt of the celestial sphere including the ecliptic and the stars contained in it
used in ancient Egyptian astronomy
dekanal
ˈdekənᵊl
adjective

Word History

Etymology

Greek dekanos, from deka ten; from the ten days of each subdivision

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“Dekan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dekan. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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