witch of Agnesi

noun phrase

witch of Agne·​si -än-ˈyā-zē How to pronounce witch of Agnesi (audio)
: a plane cubic curve that is symmetric about the y-axis and approaches the x-axis as an asymptote and that has the equation x2y = 4a2(2ay)

Word History


Maria Gaetana Agnesi †1799 Italian mathematician; witch, translation of Italian versiera cubic curve (influenced by Italian versiera female demon)

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of witch of Agnesi was in 1875

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“Witch of Agnesi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witch%20of%20Agnesi. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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