American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A W-shaped constellation in the Northern Hemisphere between Andromeda and Cepheus.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beautiful circumpolar constellation, supposed to represent the wife of Cepheus seated in a chair and holding up both arms. It contains 30 stars brighter than the sixth magnitude, and is always found opposite the Great Bear on the other side of the pole-star. In this constellation appeared in 1572 a temporary star brighter than Venus at its brightest.
- n. [NL.] In zoology, the typical genus of the family Cassiopeiidæ. C. borbonica of the Mediterranean is an example. C. frondosa inhabits the Florida keys. Originally
Cassiopea. Pėron and Lesson, 1809.
- n. Greek mythology Proud wife of Cepheus and mother of Andromeda, queen of Eritrea. When she boasted that her beauty was equal to that of the Nereids, she was punished by Poseidon.
- n. astronomy A circumpolar constellation of the northern sky representing Queen Cassiopeia from Greek myth. The constellation lies between Cepheus and Perseus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Astron.) A constellation of the northern hemisphere, situated between Cepheus and Perseus; -- so called in honor of the wife of Cepheus, a fabulous king of Ethiopia.
- n. (Greek mythology) the wife of Cepheus and mother of Andromeda
- n. a W-shaped constellation in the northern hemisphere near Polaris
- From Latin Cassiopēia, from Ancient Greek Κασσιόπεια (Kassiopeia) or Κασσιόπη. (Wiktionary)
- Latin Cassiepīa, Cassiopēa, from Greek Kassiepeia, Cassiopeia, daughter of Cepheus and Andromeda, who was changed into a constellation. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Hotel Cassiopeia" is ornate and dream-like, without much of a plot.”
“Although the explosion originally escaped detection, its aftermath -- a hot, expanding gas cloud known as Cassiopeia A (Cas A, for short) -- is one of the best-studied supernova remnants.”
“Over the whole length of Japan, some thirty observatories, university telescopes, and amateur sky watchers were set to turn on their machines, having set them to the precise coordinates Narusawa had ordered: a star system in the constellation Cassiopeia, just where Horowitz and Sagan had proposed years before, and where a Japanese radio astronomy colleague, Mitsumi Fujishita of Tokai University, had detected an unusual and unexplained blip in his monitoring four years before.”
“And the vast domed expanse that covered the rest of his pate was riddled with a constellation of freckles that rivaled the density of Cassiopeia on a clear night in August.”
“There is a also a Orion, Wisconsin and Cassiopeia, Kentucky.”
“Alpha Doore is a Mars size planet orbiting an orange-red main sequence dwarf star called BD+56 2966 in the Constellation Cassiopeia.”
“Malone has brought along Cassiopeia Vitt, a woman who is as adventurous as he and also as capable in tough situations.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘Cassiopeia’.
Inspired by a Twitter exchange between Kory Stamper and other lexicographers about mythical beings with "fabulous" in their definitions.
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) recognizes 88 official constellations.
Looking for tweets for Cassiopeia.