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

  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Pyxis and Carina.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble the sails of a ship. Until 1763, it was part of a larger constellation, Argo Navis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of velum.

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

  • n. a constellation in the southern hemisphere between Carina and Pyxis


Latin vēla, pl. of vēlum, a covering.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From Latin vēla (pl. of vēlum), the "sails of a ship" (Wiktionary)



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