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Almagest

[al-muh-jest] /ˈæl məˌdʒɛst/
noun
1.
(italics) a Greek work on astronomy by Ptolemy.
2.
(lowercase) any of various medieval works of a like kind, as on astrology or alchemy.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English almageste < Middle French < Arabic al the + majisṭī < Greek megístē (sýntaxis) greatest (composition)
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British Dictionary definitions for Almagest

Almagest

/ˈælməˌdʒɛst/
noun
1.
a work on astronomy compiled by Ptolemy in the 2nd century a.d containing a description of the geocentric system of the universe and a star catalogue
2.
(sometimes not capital) any of various similar medieval treatises on astrology, astronomy, or alchemy
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Arabic al-majisti, from al the + majisti, from Greek megistē greatest (treatise)
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Word Origin and History for Almagest

almagest

n.

late 14c., title of a treatise on astronomy by Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria, extended in Middle English to other works on astrology or astronomy, from Old French almageste (13c.), from Arabic al majisti, from al "the" + Greek megiste "the greatest (composition)," from fem. of megistos, superlative of megas "great" (see mickle). Originally titled in Greek Megale syntaxis tes astronomios "Great Work on Astronomy;" Arab translators in their admiration altered this.

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