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

  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A faint constellation of the southern spring sky, said to resemble a microscope. It lies south of the constellation of Capricornus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A constellation south of Capricorn, introduced by Lacaille in 1752.

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

  • n. a faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near Sagittarius and Capricornus


New Latin MÄ«croscopium, microscope, Microscopium : micro- + -scopium, -scope.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From later Latin microscopium, a "microscope" (Wiktionary)


  • 'Microscopium', the question is settled in physics; but whether in metaphysics, is not quite so clear.

    Literary Remains, Volume 2


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