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ecliptic

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adjective eclip·tic \ i-ˈklip-tik \

Definition of ecliptic

:of or relating to the ecliptic or an eclipse

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Origin and Etymology of ecliptic

Middle English ecliptik, from Late Latin ecliptica linea, literally, line of eclipses


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ecliptic

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Definition of ecliptic

:the great circle of the celestial sphere that is the apparent path of the sun among the stars or of the earth as seen from the sun :the plane of the earth's orbit extended to meet the celestial sphere

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First Known Use of ecliptic

15th century


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