8-cubic honeycomb

The 8-cubic honeycomb or octeractic honeycomb is the only regular space-filling tessellation (or honeycomb) in Euclidean 8-space.

8-cubic honeycomb
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TypeRegular 8-honeycomb
Uniform 8-honeycomb
FamilyHypercube honeycomb
Schläfli symbol{4,36,4}
Coxeter-Dynkin diagrams

8-face type{4,36}
7-face type{4,35}
6-face type{4,34}
5-face type{4,33}
4-face type{4,32}
Cell type{4,3}
Face type{4}
Face figure{4,3}
Edge figure8 {4,3,3}
Vertex figure256 {4,36}
Coxeter group[4,36,4]
Propertiesvertex-transitive, edge-transitive, face-transitive, cell-transitive

It is analogous to the square tiling of the plane and to the cubic honeycomb of 3-space, and the tesseractic honeycomb of 4-space.

There are many different Wythoff constructions of this honeycomb. The most symmetric form is regular, with Schläfli symbol {4,36,4}. Another form has two alternating hypercube facets (like a checkerboard) with Schläfli symbol {4,35,31,1}. The lowest symmetry Wythoff construction has 256 types of facets around each vertex and a prismatic product Schläfli symbol {∞}8.

The [4,36,4], , Coxeter group generates 511 permutations of uniform tessellations, 271 with unique symmetry and 270 with unique geometry. The expanded 8-cubic honeycomb is geometrically identical to the 8-cubic honeycomb.

The 8-cubic honeycomb can be alternated into the 8-demicubic honeycomb, replacing the 8-cubes with 8-demicubes, and the alternated gaps are filled by 8-orthoplex facets.

Quadrirectified 8-cubic honeycomb

A quadrirectified 8-cubic honeycomb, , contains all trirectified 8-orthoplex facets and is the Voronoi tessellation of the D8* lattice. Facets can be identically colored from a doubled ×2, [[4,36,4]] symmetry, alternately colored from , [4,36,4] symmetry, three colors from , [4,35,31,1] symmetry, and 4 colors from , [31,1,34,31,1] symmetry.

See also

  • List of regular polytopes


  • Coxeter, H.S.M. Regular Polytopes, (3rd edition, 1973), Dover edition, ISBN 0-486-61480-8 p. 296, Table II: Regular honeycombs
  • Kaleidoscopes: Selected Writings of H. S. M. Coxeter, edited by F. Arthur Sherk, Peter McMullen, Anthony C. Thompson, Asia Ivic Weiss, Wiley-Interscience Publication, 1995, ISBN 978-0-471-01003-6
    • (Paper 24) H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular and Semi-Regular Polytopes III, [Math. Zeit. 200 (1988) 3-45]
Fundamental convex regular and uniform honeycombs in dimensions 2-9
Space Family / /
E2 Uniform tiling {3[3]} δ3 hδ3 qδ3 Hexagonal
E3 Uniform convex honeycomb {3[4]} δ4 hδ4 qδ4
E4 Uniform 4-honeycomb {3[5]} δ5 hδ5 qδ5 24-cell honeycomb
E5 Uniform 5-honeycomb {3[6]} δ6 hδ6 qδ6
E6 Uniform 6-honeycomb {3[7]} δ7 hδ7 qδ7 222
E7 Uniform 7-honeycomb {3[8]} δ8 hδ8 qδ8 133331
E8 Uniform 8-honeycomb {3[9]} δ9 hδ9 qδ9 152251521
E9 Uniform 9-honeycomb {3[10]} δ10 hδ10 qδ10
En-1 Uniform (n-1)-honeycomb {3[n]} δn hδn qδn 1k22k1k21
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