pons asinorum

noun

pons asi·​no·​rum ˈpänz-ˌa-sə-ˈnȯr-əm How to pronounce pons asinorum (audio)
: a critical test of ability or understanding

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, literally, asses' bridge, name applied to the proposition that the base angles of an isosceles triangle are equal

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pons asinorum was in 1645

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“Pons asinorum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pons%20asinorum. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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