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(English) A curve drawn upon a surface such that, if one takes any two adjacent points on the curve, the curve gives the shortest surface distance between them. The spiral rows of scales around and along the body of a fish usually forms a geodesic as may be shown by the fact that a string wound along a row hugs the fish tightly. (See also: scale)

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