noun, plural analemmas, analemmata [an-l-em-uh-tuh] .
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

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analemma (ˌænəˈlɛmə)
n , pl -mas, -mata
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]

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from L. analemma "the pedestal of a sundial," hence the sundial itself, from Gk. analemma "prop, support," from analambanein "to receive, take up, restore," from ana- "up" + lambanein "to take," from PIE base *(s)lagw- "to seize, take" (cf. Skt. labhate, rabhate "seizes;" O.E. læccan "to
seize, grasp;" Gk. lazomai "I take, grasp;" O.C.S. leca "to catch, snare;" Lith. lobis "possession, riches").
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