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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Zodiac  \Zo"di*ac\,  n.  [F.  zodiaque  (cf.  It  zodiaco),  fr  L. 
  zodiacus  Gr  ?  (sc.  ?),  fr  ?,  dim.  of  zw^,on  an  animal, 
  akin  to  ?  living,  ?  to  live.] 
  1.  (Astron.) 
  a  An  imaginary  belt  in  the  heavens,  16[deg]  or  18[deg] 
  broad,  in  the  middle  of  which  is  the  ecliptic,  or 
  sun's  path.  It  comprises  the  twelve  constellations, 
  which  one  constituted,  and  from  which  were  named  the 
  twelve  signs  of  the  zodiac. 
  b  A  figure  representing  the  signs,  symbols,  and 
  constellations  of  the  zodiac. 
  2.  A  girdle;  a  belt.  [Poetic  &  R.] 
  By  his  side  As  in  a  glistering  zodiac,  hung  the 
  sword.  --Milton. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  belt-shaped  region  in  the  heavens  on  either  side  to  the 
  ecliptic;  divided  into  12  constellations  or  signs  for 
  astrological  purposes 
  2:  (astrology)  a  circular  diagram  representing  the  12  zodiacal 
  constellations  and  showing  their  signs 

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