While researching the source and use of mathematical formulas to calculate the radius of the earth, I came across this passage:
Mitchell also showed that the mean radius of the earth was defined by the ancient geodeters as being the meridian circumference divided by 44/7...
Online dictionary resources held no reference to the word geodeter. Using Google returned 4 indexed page results that contained an exact match, but the original language of each page is Swedish.
Is geodeter an actual word? If so, what is the meaning and etymology of the word?