from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dark nebula, one of the nearest to Earth, that appears in the southern Milky Way.
- n. A similar dark nebula in the Northern Hemisphere near the constellation Cygnus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of the spaces in the Milky Way which are very black, owing to the nearly complete absence of stars; esp., the large space near the Southern Cross sometimes called the Black Magellanic Cloud.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sack made of strong coarse material for containing or carrying coal.
- n. A sailors' term for a dark place in the Galaxy south of Crux. Also called the hole in the sky.
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