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

  • n. A constellation in the equatorial region of the Southern Hemisphere near Aquarius and Eridanus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A winter constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a whale. It includes the star Mira.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A whale.
  • n. [capitalized] A southern constellation, the Whale, in advance of Orion. It was anciently pictured as some kind of marine animal, possibly a seal.
  • n. A genus of whales.

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

  • n. a large constellation on the equator near Pisces and Aquarius

Etymologies

Latin cētus, whale, from Greek kētos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cētus ("a sea monster"), from Ancient Greek Κητώ (Kētō) (Latin Cēto), mother of the Gorgons. (Wiktionary)

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