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[ok-tuh-gon, -guh n] /ˈɒk təˌgɒn, -gən/
a polygon having eight angles and eight sides.
Also called octangle.
Origin of octagon
1650-60; < Latin octagōnon < Greek oktágōnon, noun use of neuter of oktágōnos octangular; see octa-, -gon Unabridged
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a polygon having eight sides
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek oktagōnos, having eight angles
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Word Origin and History for octagon

1650s, from Latin octagonos, from Greek oktagononos, literally "eight-angled," from okta- comb. form of okto "eight" (see eight) + gonia "angle," related to gony "knee" (see knee (n.)). Also octogon (1650s), from French octogone.

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octagon in Science
A polygon having eight sides.

octagonal adjective (ŏk-tāg'ə-nəl)
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octagon in Culture

octagon definition

A polygon having eight sides.

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