from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere.
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- proper n. A faint constellation of the southern spring sky, said to resemble a microscope. It lies south of the constellation of Capricornus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A constellation south of Capricorn, introduced by Lacaille in 1752.
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- n. a faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near Sagittarius and Capricornus
New Latin Mīcroscopium, microscope, Microscopium : micro- + -scopium, -scope.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From later Latin microscopium, a "microscope" (Wiktionary)