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Noun: ecliptic  i'klip-tik
  1. The great circle representing the apparent annual path of the sun; the plane of the Earth's orbit around the sun; makes an angle of about 23 degrees with the equator
    "all of the planets rotate the sun in approximately the same ecliptic"

Derived forms: ecliptics

Type of: great circle

Encyclopedia: Ecliptic