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A calque of Medieval Latin numerus Arabicus, from its gradual adoption in Europe from Arabic sources.

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Arabic numeral (plural Arabic numerals)

  1. A number represented using an Indian and Arabic system involving the symbols 1, 2, 3, etc. [1727]
    Synonyms: Hindu numeral, Hindu-Arabic numeral, Indo-Arabic numeral
  2. (in the plural) The system using such numerals, now employed throughout the world.

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