# What are curves (generalized ellipses) with more than two focal points called and how do they look like?

An ellipse is usually defined as the locus of points so that sum of the distances to the two foci is constant. But what are curves called which are defined as the locus of points so that the sum of the distances to three foci is constant? Trilipse? And what about $n$ foci? $n$-lipse? How do these curves look like? Is there any literature about them?

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These are called $k$-ellipses. Yes, there is a literature. Here is one 2007 reference, which can lead you to others: "Semidefinite Representation of the $k$-Ellipse," arXiv:math/0702005v1:
This French page deals with a bunch of generalizations of Cayley ovals, which are the loci of a point whose distance from a given set of foci satisfy an algebraic relation. In general, if $n$ is the number of foci, then the degree of the underlying algebraic curve is $2^n$. – J. M. Mar 28 '12 at 20:31