from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Canis Major and Pyxis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A winter constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble the stern of a ship. Until 1763, it was part of a larger constellation, Argo Navis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A subdivision of the constellation Argo, introduced by Baily in the British Association Catalogue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a constellation in the southern hemisphere between Vela and Canis Major that shaped like the stern of a boat
Latin puppis, stern, poop.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From Latin puppis ("stern of a ship"). (Wiktionary)