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

  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near the constellations Norma and Telescopium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Psittacidae — certain macaws.
  • proper n. A constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble an altar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Altar; a southern constellation, south of the tail of the Scorpion.
  • n. A name of the great blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), native of South America.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the 15 ancient southern constellations; the Altar.
  • n. A genus of American birds, of the family Psittacidœ, the macaws, of large size and gorgeous coloration, with very long cuneate tail and more or less naked face; sometimes made the type of a subfamily Arinœ, containing the wedgetailed American parrots.
  • An abbreviation of Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

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

  • n. a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Telescopium and Norma
  • n. macaws

Etymologies

Latin āra, altar, the constellation Ara; see as- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin āra ("altar"). (Wiktionary)

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