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algebraic curve

An algebraic curve is a curve the equation of which involves only algebraic functions. These are functions that, in their most general form, can be written as a sum of polynomials in x multiplied by powers of y, equal to zero. Among the most familiar examples are straight lines and conic sections. Other examples include Neile's parabola, the lemniscate. conchoids, and cissoids.