Ptolemaic

Ptolemaic

[tol-uh-mey-ik]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Ptolemy or his system of astronomy.
2.
of or pertaining to the dynastic house of the Ptolemies or the period of their rule in Egypt.

Origin:
1665–75; < Greek Ptolemaikós of Ptolemy, equivalent to Ptolema(îos) Ptolemy + -ikos -ic

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Ptolemaic (ˌtɒlɪˈmeɪɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the Greek astronomer Ptolemy or to his conception of the universe
2.  of or relating to the Macedonian dynasty that ruled Egypt from the death of Alexander the Great (323 bc) to the death of Cleopatra (30 bc)

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Ptolemaic
1674, of Ptolemy, Alexandrian astronomer (2c.) whose geocentric model of the universe was accepted until the time of Copernicus and Kepler. Also (1771) "of the Ptolemies," Macedonian Gk. dynasty that ruled Egypt from the death of Alexander to Cleopatra. The name is Gk. Ptolemaios, lit. "warlike," from
ptolemos, collateral form of polemos "war."
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