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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Hydra and Vela.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. : A faint winter constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a pump. The common English name is "Air pump".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The spiral tubular proboscis of lepidopterous insects. See lepidoptera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The spiral tongue or proboscis of lepidopterous insects, by which they pump up the juices of plants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near Hydra and Vela

Etymologies

Latin antlia, pump, from Greek antliā, ship's hold, bilge water, from antlos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally named Antlia pneumatica (air pump) in the 18th century by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. From Latin antlia a pump for drawing water; Ancient Greek ἀντλία (antlia, "bilge water"). (Wiktionary)

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