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

  • n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Leo and Gemini.
  • n. The fourth sign of the zodiac in astrology.
  • n. One who is born under this sign.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Cancridae — true crabs distinguished by the presence of a single posterolateral spine (on the edge of the carapace, towards the rear), anterolateral spines with deep fissures (on the carapace edge, towards the front), and a short extension of the carapace forward between the eyes.
  • proper n. A constellation of the zodiac supposedly shaped like a crab.
  • proper n. The zodiac sign for the crab, ruled by the Moon and covering June 22 - July 22 (tropical astrology) or July 16 - August 15 (sidereal astrology).
  • n. Someone with a Cancer star sign

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin; see canker.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cancer ("crab"), from Ancient Greek καρκίνος (karkinos, "crab"). (Wiktionary)
From Latin cancer ("crab"), from Ancient Greek καρκίνος (karkinos, "crab"). (Wiktionary)

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