One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of an aspect: not exact or within a degree, but within half the sum of the orbs of the (usually two) planets involved. Opposed to partile.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Ben Jonson (?1573–1637), poet and playwright. From post-classical Latin platicus broad, general from Hellenistic Greek πλατικός (in Byzantine Greek also πλατυκός) broad, general from ancient Greek πλατύς broad + -ικός.
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