zodiac

Part of speech: noun

Astron. An imaginary belt encircling the heavens and extending abouton each side of the ecliptic, within which are the larger planets. It is divided into twelve parts, called signs of the zodiac, which formerly corresponded to twelve constellations bearing the same names.

Part of speech: noun

Figuratively, a complete circuit; round.

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Usage examples "zodiac":

  1. To the left of the principal entrance is an ancient column with the signs of the Zodiac sculptured on it. - "The South of France--East Half", Charles Bertram Black.
  2. Roblin, having discovered the sites of gold and diamond mines by help of the zodiac of Denderah, offered half to the shareholders of a company which he proposed to form. - "A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)", Augustus de Morgan.
  3. 10. Characters denoting the 28 signs of the Zodiac. - "Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton", John Barrow.