Definition of tractrix
: a curve in which the part of the tangent between the point of tangency and a given straight line is constant and which is an involute of a catenary
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Origin and Etymology of tractrix
New Latin, from Latin tractus (past participle of trahere to draw) + -trix — more at draw
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