One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mechanical astronomical device believed to have been manufactured in ancient Greece in the first or second century b.c., fragments of which were discovered in 1900 amongst the cargo of an ancient shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera.
1950s; earliest use found in Scientific American. From the name of the island of Antikythera + mechanism.
Antikythera mechanism/ˌantɪkɪˈθɪərə ˌmɛkənɪz(ə)m//ˌantɪkɪˈθɪərə ˌmɛk(ə)nɪz(ə)m/
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