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witch of Agnesi

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A planar cubic curve that is symmetric about the y-axis and that approaches the x-axis as an asymptote. Its equation is x2y = 4a2(2a - y), where a is a constant.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

witch (translation of Italian avversiera, versiera, confused with versiera, curve, turning, from New Latin versōria, from Latin versus, turned, reversed, past participle of vertere, to turn; see verse1) + Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799), Italian mathematician.

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