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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Hydra and Corvus.

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  • proper noun astronomy : A dim spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a cup. It lies between the constellations Virgo and Hydra.

Etymologies

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

[Latin crātēr, mixing bowl, crater; see crater.]

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Latin crater, a "basin" or "cup", from Ancient Greek κρατήρ (kratēr, "mixingbowl, wassail-bowl"), from κράμα (krama, "mixture"), from κεράννυμι (kerannumi, "to mix, to mingle").

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