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a. Astronomy A band of the celestial sphere extending about 8° to either side of the ecliptic that represents the path of the principal planets, the moon, and the sun.
b. In astrology, this band divided into 12 equal parts called signs, each 30° wide, bearing the name of a constellation for which it was originally named but with which it no longer coincides owing to the precession of the equinoxes.
c. A diagram or figure representing the zodiac.
2. A complete circuit; a circle.

[Middle English, from Old French zodiaque, from Latin zōdiacus, from Greek zōidiakos (kuklos), (circle) of the zodiac, from zōidion, small represented figure, zodiacal sign, diminutive of zōion, living being; see zoon.]

zo·di′a·cal (-dī′ə-kəl) adj.
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Adj.1.zodiacal - relating to or included in the zodiaczodiacal - relating to or included in the zodiac; "zodiacal constellations"
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[zəʊˈdaɪəkəl] ADJzodiacal, del zodíaco
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My remembrances went to France in the train of those zodiacal stars that would shine in some hours' time.
Westward I saw the zodiacal light mingling with the yellow brilliance of the evening star.
There is light from other stars, the light from galaxies, sunlight reflecting from particles suspended along the plane of the solar system (known as zodiacal light) and the diffuse luminance of the night sky itself.
(13) DAWN: Look toward the east before morning twilight for the soft glow of the zodiacal light.
It marks the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path.
A stunning piece of art front and back, this incredible piece displays hours, minutes, perpetual calendar, day/night indication, precision moonphase, age of the moon, running equation of time, sunrise and sunset, length of day and night, seasons, solstices, equinoxes and zodiacal signs, tide level indicator, Sun-Earth-Moon conjunction, opposition and quadrature, transparent celestial chart of the Northern Hemisphere with indication of the Milky Way, the ecliptic and the celestial equator, celestial time hours and minutes, tourbillon, 3-week power reserve (using 6 barrels), and power reserve indication.
"Also, as it goes through the zodiacal circle (that is as it effects this type of course), the Sun by itself harmonizes the cosmos, and so, by being the exclusive cause of continuing stability in the comprehensive ordering of the whole cosmos, it provides the whole cosmos with an administration that is fully harmonic ([phrase omitted]).
Abraham Ibn Ezra's Introductions to Astrology: A Parallel Hebrew-English Critical Edition of the Book of the Beginning of Wisdom and the Book of the Judgments of the Zodiacal Signs
He stressed that Katara was keen to take the initiative and publish this calendar as it includes "valuable information and data on zodiacal constellations and the impact on the local environment and ecological system, as well as national traditions and identity".