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

  • n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere and the Milky Way near Aquarius and Serpens Cauda.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Accipitridae. Circumscription and placement of the genus will depend on taxonomic point of view.
  • proper n. A summer constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble an eagle. It includes the star Altair.
  • proper n. An early Christian, the husband of Priscilla.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of eagles.
  • n. A northern constellation southerly from Lyra and Cygnus and preceding the Dolphin; the Eagle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ornithology, a genus of birds established by Brisson in 1760, but having no characters by which it can be exactly defined.
  • n. A northern constellation situated in the Milky Way, nearly south of Lyra, and containing the bright star Altair.
  • n. [lowercase; pl. aquilæ (-lē).] A reading-desk in the form of an eagle.

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

  • n. a constellation in the Milky Way near Cygnus; contains the star Altair
  • n. the provincial capital of the Abruzzi region in central Italy
  • n. a genus of Accipitridae


Middle English, from Latin aquila, eagle, the constellation Aquila.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin aquila ("eagle"). (Wiktionary)
From Latin aquila "eagle" (Wiktionary)


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