hyper bola

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hyperbola   (hī-pûr'bə-lə)  Pronunciation Key 

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Plural hyperbolas or hyperbolae (hī-pûr'bə-lē)
A plane curve having two separate parts or branches, formed when two cones that point toward one another are intersected by a plane that is parallel to the axes of the cones.
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