from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Indus and Phoenix.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A spring constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a crane. It contains the star Alnair and lies south of the constellation Piscis Austrinis.
- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Gruidae — the cranes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A constellation in the southern celestial hemisphere between Indus and Piscis Austrinus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of Gruidæ, containing most of the species of cranes, of maximum size, white or gray in color, with crestless and partly denuded head, 12-feathered tail, flowing inner secondaries, and enlarged inner claw.
- n. In astronomy, a southern constellation, between Aquarius and Pisces Australis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. type genus of the Gruidae: typical cranes
- n. a small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Phoenix
Latin grūs, crane; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. From Latin grūs ("a crane (bird)"), originally from Proto-Indo-European *gerh₂- (“to cry hoarsely”). (Wiktionary)
From Latin grūs ("crane") (Wiktionary)