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

  • noun A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cygnus and Andromeda.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In zoology, a genus of lizards, typical of the family Lacertidæ.
  • noun A small constellation which first appears in the “Prodromus Astronomiæ” of Hevelius, published in 1690. It is bounded by Cepheus, Cygnus, Pegasus, and Andromeda. Its brightest star is of the fourth magnitude.
  • noun A fathom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A fathom.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A genus of lizards. See lizard.
  • noun (Astron.) The Lizard, a northern constellation.

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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Lacertidae — It includes the rock lizards.
  • proper noun astronomy An inconspicuous autumn constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a lizard. It lies between the constellations of Cygnus and Andromeda.

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  • noun type genus of the Lacertidae

Etymologies

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

[Latin lacerta, lizard.]

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Latin lacerta ("a lizard")

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Named by the astronomer Johannes Hevelius in 1687. From Latin lacerta, a "lizard"

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