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

  • noun A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere, between Pegasus and Aquila.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ancient northern constellation, supposed to represent a horse's head. It lies west of the head of Pegasus, and its brightest star is of the fourth magnitude. Also Equiculus.
  • noun [lowercase] In Roman antiquity, a kind of rack used for extorting confessions from suspected or accused persons.

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  • proper noun astronomy The second smallest constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a little horse. It lies west of the constellation Aquarius.

Etymologies

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

[Modern Latin, from Latin eculeus, equuleus, small horse, foal, diminutive of equus, horse; see ekwo- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin equuleus ("colt, foal").

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