American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Hydra and Vela.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The spiral tongue or proboscis of lepidopterous insects, by which they pump up the juices of plants. It consists of the greatly elongated maxillæ, which form a long bipartite suctorial tube. When coiled up it forms a flat spiral, like the spring of a watch. See cut under
- n. astronomy : A faint winter constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a pump. The common English name is "Air pump".
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The spiral tubular proboscis of lepidopterous insects. See lepidoptera.
- n. a faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near Hydra and Vela
- 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)
- Latin antlia, pump, from Greek antliā, ship's hold, bilge water, from antlos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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