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orrery - Word of the Day - Mon Jun 10, 2024


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orrery - (noun) - a mechanical model of the solar system used to demonstrate the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons

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The antique orrery was a fascinating device, showcasing the movements of celestial bodies.

 

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As strange as this word may sound, the word was named after the Fourth Duke of Orrery, for whom one of these devices had been made.  The plural form of the word is orreries.  

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For those of you into DND (Dungeons and Dragons), the fifth edition has an adventure titled "Orrery of the Wanderer".  It's a marvelous artifact with multiple geared components and sweeping hands that is the "Timepiece of Travel". 

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There are orreries in the Harry Potter books and films. 

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