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

  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere, near Antlia and Puppis.

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Testudinidae — some tortoises.
  • proper n. A spring constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble the compass of a ship. It is associated with the larger Argo Navis, although it was never officially part of that constellation.

Etymologies

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

New Latin Pyxis (nautica), (mariner's) compass, from Greek puxis, box.

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Latin pyxis ("little box"), from Ancient Greek

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Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763, and originally called Pyxis Nautica "Nautical compass". From Latin pyxis, a "little box"

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