from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the equatorial region of the Southern Hemisphere near Aquarius and Eridanus.
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- proper n. A winter constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a whale. It includes the star Mira.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A whale.
- n. [capitalized] A southern constellation, the Whale, in advance of Orion. It was anciently pictured as some kind of marine animal, possibly a seal.
- n. A genus of whales.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large constellation on the equator near Pisces and Aquarius
Latin cētus, whale, from Greek kētos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cētus ("a sea monster"), from Ancient Greek Κητώ (Kētō) (Latin Cēto), mother of the Gorgons. (Wiktionary)