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Set of regular q-gonal hosohedrons
Hexagonal hosohedron.png
Example hexagonal hosohedron on a sphere
Type Regular polyhedron
or spherical tiling
Faces q digons
Edges q
Vertices 2
Schläfli symbol {2,q}
Vertex configuration 2q
Coxeter–Dynkin diagram CDW ring.pngCDW 2.pngCDW dot.pngCDW q.pngCDW dot.png
Wythoff symbol q | 2 2
Symmetry group Dihedral (Dqh)
Dual polyhedron dihedron
This beach ball shows a hosohedron with six lune faces, if the white circles on the ends are removed.

In geometry, an n-gonal hosohedron is a tessellation of lunes on a spherical surface, such that each lune shares the same two vertices. A regular n-gonal hosohedron has Schläfli symbol {2, n}.


Hosohedrons as regular polyhedrons

For a regular polyhedron whose Schläfli symbol is {mn}, the number of polygonal faces may be found by:


The platonic solids known to antiquity are the only integer solutions for m ≥ 3 and n ≥ 3. The restriction m ≥ 3 enforces that the polygonal faces must have at least three sides.

When considering polyhedrons as a spherical tiling, this restriction may be relaxed, since digons can be represented as spherical lunes, having non-zero area. Allowing m = 2 admits a new infinite class of regular polyhedrons, which are the hosohedrons. On a spherical surface, the polyhedron {2, n} is represented as n abutting lunes, with interior angles of 2π/n. All these lunes share two common vertices.

Trigonal hosohedron.png
A regular trigonal hosohedron, represented as a tessellation of 3 spherical lunes on a sphere.
A regular tetragonal hosohedron, represented as a tessellation of 4 spherical lunes on a sphere.

Derivative polyhedrons

The dual of the n-gonal hosohedron {2, n} is the n-gonal dihedron, {n, 2}. The polyhedron {2,2} is self-dual, and is both a hosohedron and a dihedron.

A hosohedron may be modified in the same manner as the other polyhedrons to produce a truncated variation. The truncated n-gonal hosohedron is the n-gonal prism.


Multidimensional analogues in general are called hosotopes, with Schläfli symbol {2,...,2,q}. A hosotope has two vertices.

The two-dimensional hosotope {2} is a digon.


The prefix “hoso-” was invented by H.S.M. Coxeter, and possibly derives from the English “hose”.

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