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

  • n. See dolphin.
  • n. A constellation of the Southern Hemisphere near Reticulum and Pictor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fish, the mahi-mahi or dolphin, scientific name Coryphaena hippurus, with a dorsal fin that runs the length of the body, also known for iridescent coloration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A southern constellation, within which is the south pole of the ecliptic; -- called also sometimes Xiphias, or the Swordfish.
  • n. A large, oceanic fish of the genus Coryphæna.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small southern constellation, created by Bayer, north of the great Magellanic cloud.
  • n. [lowercase] Same as dolphin, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a constellation in the southern hemisphere near Reticulum and Pictor; contains most of the Large Magellanic Cloud


Spanish, dolphin (fish), from Late Latin deaurātus, past participle of deaurāre, to gild; see dory2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish dorado, from the verb dorar ("gild, give a golden color"). (Wiktionary)



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  • "... in astronomy, a southern constellation, not visible in our latitude; it is also called Xiphias, or the Sword-fish. The stars of this constellation, in Sharp's catalogue, are six."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 126

    October 14, 2008