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  • "The Whale, in astronomy, a large constellation of the southern hemisphere, under Pisces, and next the water of Aquarius.

    "The stars in this constellation, in the British catalogue, are 97.

    "In the neck of Cetus is a remarkable star, which appears and disappears periodically, passing through the several degrees of magnitude, both increasing and diminishing in about 333 days."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 80
    See also Menkar.

    October 12, 2008