- the Compasses, a small southern constellation between Triangulum and Centaurus.
Origin of Circinus
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1830–40
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- a small faint constellation in the S hemisphere close to Centaurus and the Southern Cross
C19: from Latin, a pair of compasses
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