limaçon

noun
li·​ma·​çon | \ ˌlē-mə-ˈsōⁿ How to pronounce limaçon (audio) \

Definition of limaçon

: a plane curve whose equation in polar coordinates has one of the forms ρ = a cos θ ± b or ρ = a sin θ ± b and which reduces to a cardioid when a = b

First Known Use of limaçon

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for limaçon

French, literally, snail, from Old French, diminutive of limaz slug, snail, from Latin limax; akin to Russian slimak snail and probably to Old English līm birdlime — more at lime

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The first known use of limaçon was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Limaçon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lima%C3%A7on. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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