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A graduated scale in the shape of a figure eight, indicating the sun's declination and the equation of time for every day of the year, often found on sundials and globes.

[Latin, sundial, from Greek analēmma, from analambanein, to take up; see analeptic.]
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n, pl -mas or -mata (-mətə)
(Astronomy) a graduated scale shaped like a figure eight that indicates the daily declination of the sun
[C17: from Latin: sundial, pedestal of sundial, from Greek analēmma pedestal, from analambanein to support]
analemmatic adj
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(ˌæn lˈɛm ə)

n., pl. an•a•lem•mas, an•a•lem•ma•ta (ˌæn lˈɛm ə tə)
a scale shaped like the figure 8, showing the declination of the sun and the equation of time for each day of the year.
[1645–55; < Latin: pedestal of a sundial, sundial < Greek análēmma support, derivative (with -ma n. suffix of result) of analambánein; see analeptic]
an`a•lem•mat′ic (-ɛˈmæt ɪk) adj.
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a flgure-of-eight-shaped scale, for showing the declination of the sun and the equation of time for every day of the year. — analemmatic, adj.
See also: Calendar
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