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

  • n. A constellation in the southern polar region near Apus and Mensa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A small circumpolar constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a chamaeleon. It lies south of the constellations Carina and Musca.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a small constellation in the southern skies between Hydrus and Musca.


Latin chamaeleōn, chameleon; see chameleon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. From Latin chamaeleon ("chamaeleon"), from Ancient Greek χαμαιλέων (chamaeleon) (Wiktionary)



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