One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a body: having the property that the gravitational force exerted upon it by any other body can be modelled by a single force acting upon a single fixed point.
Early 17th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin centrobaricus from Byzantine Greek κεντροβαρικός (implied by the nouns κεντροβαρικά (neuter plural), title of a treatise by Archimedes on the centre of gravity, κεντροβαρική (feminine) theory of the subject) from ancient Greek κεντρο- + βάρος weight + -ικός.
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