Co*lure" (?), n.; pl. Colures (#). [F. colure, L. coluri, pl., fr. Gr. dock-tailed, (sc. lines) the colures; fr. docked, stunted + tail. So named because a part is always beneath the horizon.] Astron. & Geog.

One of two great circles intersecting at right angles in the poles of the equator. One of them passes through the equinoctial points, and hence is denominated the equinoctial colure; the other intersects the equator at the distance of 90° from the former, and is called the solstitial colure.

Thrice the equinoctial line He circled; four times crossed the car of night From pole to pole, traversing each colure. Milton.


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