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From mediaeval Latin almucantarath or French almicantarat, from Arabic المقنطرات (al-muqanŧarāt) ‘circles of celestial latitude’, formed from the plural of قنطرة (qanŧara) ‘arch’.

Singular
almucantar

Plural
almucantars

almucantar (plural almucantars)

  1. (archaic) a small circle on the celestial sphere, parallel to the horizon, that is used in astronomy and navigation to show altitude of a star or any other heavenly body.

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