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
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)