# What does limacon mean in French?

Small snail.

In old French, limaçon is the diminutive form of limaz. Limaz comes from the Latin limax, or snail.

Lots of Limacon Curves do look like snails!

Although Dürer, who first investigated the curve in the early 1500s, was German, the name is French because it was named by Gilles-Personne Roberval over 100 years later.

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When evaluating a one-sided limit, you need to be careful when a quantity is approaching zero since its sign is different depending on which way it is approaching zero from. Let us look at some examples.

When evaluating a one-sided limit, you need to be careful when a quantity is approaching zero since its sign is different depending on which way it is approaching zero from. Let us look at some examples.

When evaluating a one-sided limit, you need to be careful when a quantity is approaching zero since its sign is different depending on which way it is approaching zero from. Let us look at some examples.

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