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- n. A comprehensive treaty on astronomy, geography, and mathematics compiled by Ptolemy circa 150 CE.
- n. Any of several medieval treatises, especially those concerned with astronomy or alchemy.
But when it came to almagest and astrolabe, the counting of figures and reckoning of epicycles, away would go her thoughts to horse and hound, and a vacant eye and listless face would warn the teacher that he had lost his hold upon his scholar.
And now we are together, O mysterious tome, whose Arab name breathes a strange mustiness of occult lore and claims kindred with the sciences of almagest and alchemy.