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[pahy-seez, pis-eez] /ˈpaɪ siz, ˈpɪs iz/
noun, genitive Piscium
[pish-ee-uh m] /ˈpɪʃ i əm/ (Show IPA),
for 1.
Astronomy. the Fishes, a zodiacal constellation between Aries and Aquarius.
  1. the twelfth sign of the zodiac: the mutable water sign.
  2. a person born under this sign, usually between February 19th and March 20th.
the class of vertebrates comprising the fish and sometimes including, in certain classifications, the cyclostomes.
Origin of Pisces
< New Latin, Latin piscēs, plural of piscis fish Unabridged
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/ˈpaɪsiːz; ˈpɪ-/
noun (Latin genitive) Piscium (ˈpaɪsɪəm)
(astronomy) a faint extensive zodiacal constellation lying between Aquarius and Aries on the ecliptic
  1. Also called the Fishes. the twelfth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♓, having a mutable water classification and ruled by the planets Jupiter and Neptune. The sun is in this sign between about Feb 19 and March 20
  2. a person born when the sun is in this sign
  1. a taxonomic group that comprises all fishes See fish (sense 1)
  2. a taxonomic group that comprises the bony fishes only See teleost
(astrology) born under or characteristic of Pisces
Also (for senses 2b, 4) Piscean (ˈpaɪsɪən)
Word Origin
C14: Latin: the fishes
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Word Origin and History for Pisces

12th sign of the zodiac, late Old English, from Latin pisces, from plural of piscis "a fish," cognate with Gothic fisks, Old English fisc (see fish (n.)). Applied to persons born under this sign from 1924.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Pisces in Science
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Aries and Pegasus. Pisces (the Fishes) is the twelfth sign of the zodiac.
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