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Capricorn

[kap-ri-kawrn]
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noun
  1. Astronomy. the Goat, a zodiacal constellation between Sagittarius and Aquarius.
  2. Astrology.
    1. the tenth sign of the zodiac: the cardinal earth sign.
    2. a person born under this sign, usually between December 22nd and January 19th.
  3. tropic of. See under tropic(def 1a).
Also Capricornus (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of Capricorn

1350–1400; Middle English Capricorne < Latin Capricornus (translation of Greek aigókerōs goat-horned), equivalent to capri- capri- + corn(u) horn + -us adj. suffix
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  • In truth, he pined after the Capricorn—I don't mean only the tropic; I mean the ship too.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • When he had sailed beyond the tropic of Capricorn, a severe storm arose.

  • His horoscope showed that he was born under the sign of Capricorn.

  • His last journey extended a little beyond the tropic of Capricorn.

    The Bird

    Jules Michelet

  • Capricorn is indeed a capricious creature like a cockatrice with horns.

    Leadwork

    W. R. Lethaby


British Dictionary definitions for capricorn

Capricorn

noun
  1. astrology
    1. Also called: the Goat, Capricornusthe tenth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♑, having a cardinal earth classification and ruled by the planet Saturn. The sun is in this sign between about Dec 22 and Jan 19
    2. a person born during the period when the sun is in this sign
  2. astronomy another name for Capricornus
  3. tropic of Capricorn See tropic (def. 1)
adjective
  1. astrology born under or characteristic of Capricorn
Also (for senses 1b, 4): Capricornean (ˌkæprɪˈkɔːnɪən)

Word Origin

C14: from Latin Capricornus (translating Greek aigokerōs goat-horned), from caper goat + cornū horn
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Word Origin and History for capricorn

Capricorn

zodiac sign, late Old English, from Latin Capricornus, literally "horned like a goat," from caper (genitive capri) "goat" (see cab) + cornu "horn" (see horn (n.)); a loan-translation of Greek Aigokheros, the name of the constellation. Extended 1894 to persons born under the sign.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

capricorn in Science

Capricorn

[kăprĭ-kôrn′]
  1. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Aquarius and Sagittarius. Capricorn (the Goat) is the tenth sign of the zodiac.
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