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

  • n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cassiopeia and Draco.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Husband of Cassiopeia, king of Eritrea, father of Andromeda. There may be two mythical kings by this name.
  • proper n. A circumpolar constellation of the northern sky representing the king Cepheus from Greek myth. The constellation lies between Draco and Cassiopeia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A northern constellation near the pole. Its head, which is in the Milky Way, is marked by a triangle formed by three stars of the fourth magnitude. See Cassiopeia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the ancient northern constellations, preceding Cassiopeia.
  • n. A genus of moss-mites, or acarids of the family Oribatidæ.

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

  • n. a faint constellation in the northern hemisphere near Cassiopeia and the pole star
  • n. (Greek mythology) king of Ethiopia and husband of Cassiopeia


Latin Cēpheus, from Greek Kēpheus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Κηφεύς (Kēfeus) (Wiktionary)



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