Regular tetracontadigon
Regular polygon 42.svg
A regular tetracontadigon
TypeRegular polygon
Edges and vertices42
Schläfli symbol{42}, t{21}
Coxeter diagramCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel 2x.pngCDel node.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 2x.pngCDel 1x.pngCDel node 1.png
Symmetry groupDihedral (D42), order 2×42
Internal angle (degrees)≈171.429°
Dual polygonSelf
PropertiesConvex, cyclic, equilateral, isogonal, isotoxal

In geometry, a tetracontadigon (or tetracontakaidigon) or 42-gon is a forty-two-sided polygon. (In Greek, the prefix tetraconta- means 40 and di- means 2.) The sum of any tetracontadigon's interior angles is 7200 degrees.

Regular tetracontadigon

The regular tetracontadigon can be constructed as a truncated icosihenagon, t{21}.

One interior angle in a regular tetracontadigon is 171​37°, meaning that one exterior angle would be 8​47°.

The area of a regular tetracontadigon is (with t = edge length)

and its inradius is

The circumradius of a regular tetracontadigon is

Since 42 = 2 × 3 × 7, a regular tetracontadigon is not constructible using a compass and straightedge,[1] but is constructible if the use of an angle trisector is allowed.[2]


Symmetries of tetracontadigon.png The symmetries of a regular tetracontadigon, related as subgroups of index 2, 3, and 7. Lines of reflections are blue through vertices, and purple through edges. Gyrations are given as numbers in the center. Vertices are colored by their symmetry positions.

The regular tetracontadigon has Dih42 dihedral symmetry, order 84, represented by 42 lines of reflection. Dih42 has 7 dihedral subgroups: Dih21, (Dih14, Dih7), (Dih6, Dih3), and (Dih2, Dih1) and 8 more cyclic symmetries: (Z42, Z21), (Z14, Z7), (Z6, Z3), and (Z2, Z1), with Zn representing π/n radian rotational symmetry.

These 16 symmetries generate 20 unique symmetries on the regular tetracontadigon. John Conway labels these lower symmetries with a letter and order of the symmetry follows the letter.[3] He gives r84 for the full reflective symmetry, Dih42, and a1 for no symmetry. He gives d (diagonal) with mirror lines through vertices, p with mirror lines through edges (perpendicular), i with mirror lines through both vertices and edges, and g for rotational symmetry. a1 labels no symmetry.

These lower symmetries allows degrees of freedoms in defining irregular tetracontadigons. Only the g42 subgroup has no degrees of freedom but can seen as directed edges.


42-gon with 840 rhombs

Coxeter states that every zonogon (a 2m-gon whose opposite sides are parallel and of equal length) can be dissected into m(m-1)/2 parallelograms.[4] In particular this is true for regular polygons with evenly many sides, in which case the parallelograms are all rhombi. For the regular tetracontatetragon, m=21, it can be divided into 210: 10 sets of 21 rhombs. This decomposition is based on a Petrie polygon projection of a 21-cube.

42-gon rhombic dissection.svg 42-gon-dissection-star.svg 42-gon rhombic dissection2.svg 42-gon rhombic dissectionx.svg

Related polygons

Regular polygons meeting at vertex 3 3 7 42.svg
An equilateral triangle, a regular heptagon, and a regular tetracontadigon can completely fill a plane vertex. However, the entire plane cannot be tiled with regular polygons while including this vertex figure,[5] although it can be used in a tiling with equilateral polygons and rhombi.[6]


A tetracontadigram is a 42-sided star polygon. There are five regular forms given by Schläfli symbols {42/5}, {42/11}, {42/13}, {42/17}, and {42/19}, as well as 15 compound star figures with the same vertex configuration.

Regular star polygons {42/k}
Picture Regular star polygon 42-5.svg
Regular star polygon 42-11.svg
Regular star polygon 42-13.svg
Regular star polygon 42-17.svg
Regular star polygon 42-19.svg
Interior angle ≈137.143° ≈85.7143° ≈68.5714° ≈34.2857° ≈17.1429°


  1. ^ Constructible Polygon
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-07-14. Retrieved 2015-02-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel, Chaim Goodman-Strauss, (2008) The Symmetries of Things, ISBN 978-1-56881-220-5 (Chapter 20, Generalized Schaefli symbols, Types of symmetry of a polygon pp. 275-278)
  4. ^ Coxeter, Mathematical recreations and Essays, Thirteenth edition, p.141
  5. ^ [1] Topics in Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Technology-enhanced ... By Sergei Abramovich
  6. ^ Shield - a 3.7.42 tiling

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