Pronunciation: (ep"u-sī'kloid), [key]
a curve generated by the motion of a point on the circumference of a circle that rolls externally, without slipping, on a fixed circle. Equation: x = (a + b) cos θ - b cos [(a + b)θ/b] and y = (a + b) sin θ - b sin [(a + b)θ/b]. Cf. epitrochoid.
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