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[see-fee-uh s, -fyoos] /ˈsi fi əs, -fyus/
noun, genitive Cephei
[see-fee-ahy] /ˈsi fiˌaɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 1.
Astronomy. a northern circumpolar constellation between Cassiopeia and Draco.
Also, Kepheus. Classical Mythology. an Ethiopian king, the husband of Cassiopeia and father of Andromeda.
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[see-fee-id] /ˈsi fi ɪd/ (Show IPA),
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  • The friends of Cepheus, however, and those who assisted Perseus, were saved from the same fate by a previous warning of Perseus.

  • There are a good many stars common to the Lesser Bear and to Cepheus.

  • To atone for her mother's vanity, and rid the land of the scourge, Cepheus agreed to offer up Andromeda to the monster.

  • And when they died, the ancients say, Athené took them up into the sky, with Cepheus and Cassiopoeia.

    The Heroes Charles Kingsley
  • Cepheus had been obliged to yield her up because of the outcries of the people, and here she was waiting to be devoured.

  • Curious to say neither the Dragon nor Cepheus appears on the old Egyptian sphere.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • Cetus, you will recall, represents the sea-monster sent to devour Andromeda, the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • Andromeda was the daughter of Cepheus, king of Ethiopia, and of Cassiope.

    The Lusiad Lus de Cames
  • Cepheus is characterized by a rude square, one side of which is the base of an isosceles triangle.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • Cepheus is there too, but he p. 41is smaller, and less easy to find.

British Dictionary definitions for Cepheus


noun (Latin genitive) Cephei (ˈsiːfɪˌaɪ)
a faint constellation in the N hemisphere near Cassiopeia and the Pole Star See also Cepheid variable
Word Origin
from Latin Cēpheus named after the mythical king


(Greek myth) a king of Ethiopia, father of Andromeda and husband of Cassiopeia
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Cepheus in Science
  (sē'fys', -fē-əs)   
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cassiopeia and Draco.
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