Ptolemy Definition

tŏlə-mē
ptolemies
noun
Name of a Macedonian dynasty of Egypt founded by Ptolemy I and ruling from 323 to 30 b.c.
Webster's New World
A member of this dynasty.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • Claudius Ptolemaeus
  • Ptolemaic dynasty
proper name
(L. name Claudius Ptolomaeus) 2d cent. a.d.; Alexandrian astronomer, mathematician, & geographer.
Webster's New World
367?-283 b.c.; general of Alexander the Great: 1st king of the Ptolemaic dynasty (323-285)
Webster's New World
309-246 b.c.; king of Egypt (285-246): son of Ptolemy I.
Webster's New World
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Alexandrian Greek astronomer and geographer whose geocentric model of the universe dominated cosmological theory until the Renaissance.
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