: a period added to harmonize the lunar with the solar calendar

Word History

Etymology

Middle French epacte, from Late Latin epacta, from Greek epaktē, from epagein to bring in, intercalate, from epi- + agein to drive — more at agent

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of epact was in 1588

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“Epact.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epact. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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