One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating a sundial comprising a movable gnomon perpendicular to a dial plane with hour points arranged in an ellipse, the position of the gnomon at a particular time of year being determined by an analemma projection.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in David Brewster (1781–1868), natural philosopher and academic administrator. From analemma + -atic.
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