from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the polar region of the celestial Southern Hemisphere near Carina and Dorado.
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- proper n. A small circumpolar constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a flying fish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The constellation Piscis Volans.
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- n. a small constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere near Dorado and Carina
Latin volāns, present participle of volāre, to fly.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. Shortened from Piscis Volans, from Latin piscis volāns ("flying fish"). (Wiktionary)