from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Pyxis and Carina.
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- proper n. A spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble the sails of a ship. Until 1763, it was part of a larger constellation, Argo Navis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of velum.
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- n. a constellation in the southern hemisphere between Carina and Pyxis
Latin vēla, pl. of vēlum, a covering.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From Latin vēla (pl. of vēlum), the "sails of a ship" (Wiktionary)