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Designating the planetary tables Prutenicae tabulae coelestium motuum (1551) by Erasmus Reinhold (1511–53), a revised and expanded version of Copernicus’ tables in his De revolutionibus (1543). Chiefly in "Prutenic tables". Now historical.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Edward Wright (d. 1615), mathematician and cartographer. From post-classical Latin Prutenicus from Pruteni, Prutheni Prussians, formed after Ruteni Russians based on the similarity in form of post-classical Latin Russia and Prussia, + -icus.
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