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limaçon

[lim-uh-son] /ˈlɪm əˌsɒn/
noun, Geometry
1.
a plane curve generated by the locus of a point on a line at a fixed distance from the point of intersection of the line with a fixed circle, as the line revolves about a point on the circumference of the circle. Equation: r = a cosθ + b.
Also called Pascal's limaçon.
Origin of limaçon
1575-1585
1575-85; < French: literally, snail, Old French, derivative of limaz < Latin līmācem, accusative of līmāx snail, slug
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  • Up there, they suppose we have gone in the direction of the limacon; but, below, they will see the contrary.

    Cinq Mars, Complete Alfred de Vigny
British Dictionary definitions for limacon

limaçon

/ˈlɪməˌsɒn/
noun
1.
a heart-shaped curve generated by a point lying on a line at a fixed distance from the intersection of the line with a fixed circle, the line rotating about a point on the circumference of the circle
Word Origin
French, literally: snail (so named by Pascal)
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