The faces of the strombic hexacontahedron, the dual of the rhombicosidodecahedron, are kites. I have no explanation for why the word “strombic” applies to it — is a kite a “stromb?”
I’ve already googled it, followed many links, etc., and it’s still as puzzling to me as it was the first time I read it. If you have a solution to this puzzle, please post it in a comment.
Software used to create this image: Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator, available at www.software3d.com/Stella.php.
Looks cool. 🙂
Thank you — but why is it called “strombic?” It bugs me that I’ve never been able to find a reason for that, and I even have a tattoo of a stellation of one of these things!
If I ever got a tattoo, that would be the kind to get. Here’s what Wolfram says about the origin of the word: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Strombus.html. The kite obviously relates to the quadrilateral… maybe some of those old-fashioned tops looked like quadrilaterals while spinning…?