cardinal sign

noun Astrology.
any of the four astrological signs, Aries, Cancer, libra, or capricorn, that begin at the equinoxes and solstices, thus marking the beginning of the seasons: characterized by the attribute of strong initiative.
Compare quadruplicity.

1350–1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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