One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the number seven.
- ‘Here is an example of a septimal clock, placed next to a standard sexagesimal clock for comparison.’
- ‘While the septimal system of calculation can be mapped onto the decimal, no comparable mapping of Aristotelian onto Platonic categories is possible.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin septimus ‘seventh’ (from septem ‘seven’) + -al.
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