4. <geometry> Cassinian oval, the locus of a point the product of whose distances from two fixed points is constant; so called from Cassini, who first investigated the curve. Thus, the locus may consist of a single closed line, or of two equal ovals about points A and B.
Origin: F. Ovale, fr. L. Ovum egg.
(01 Mar 1998)
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