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# Fermat's last theorem

noun Mathematics the theorem (proved in 1995) that if n is an integer greater than 2, the equation xn + yn = zn has no positive integral solutions.
Origin
C19: named after the 17th-cent. French mathematician Pierre de Fermat.

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