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

  • n. A constellation of the Southern Hemisphere near Reticulum and Pictor, containing a great portion of the large Magellanic Cloud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A small constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a goldfish or swordfish. It lies between the constellations Pictor and Reticulum, and is notable for containing most of the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Etymologies

Spanish, dolphin (fish), from Late Latin deaurātus, past participle of deaurāre, to gild; see dory2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. From Italian dorato, "gilded, golden", ultimately from Latin deauratus, the past participle of deaurō ("to gild"). (Wiktionary)

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