from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The constellation that includes the southern celestial pole.
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- proper n. A small circumpolar constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble an octant. It lies closest to the southern celestial pole of any constellation.
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- n. the constellation that includes the southern celestial pole
Latin Octāns, half quadrant, from octō, eight; see oktō(u) in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From Latin octans, an "octant" (Wiktionary)