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ep·i·cy·cle

 (ĕp′ĭ-sī′kəl)
n.
1. In Ptolemaic cosmology, a small circle, the center of which moves on the circumference of a larger circle at whose center is the earth and the circumference of which describes the orbit of one of the planets around the earth.
2. Mathematics A circle whose circumference rolls along the circumference of a fixed circle, thereby generating an epicycloid or a hypocycloid.

[Middle English epicicle, from Late Latin epicyclus, from Greek epikuklos : epi-, epi- + kuklos, circle; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]

ep′i·cyc′lic (-sĭk′lĭk, -sī′klĭk) adj.
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Adj.1.epicyclic - of or relating to an epicycle; "epicyclic gear train"
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epicyclic

adjepizyklisch
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