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[saj-i-tair-ee-uh s] /ˌsædʒ ɪˈtɛər i əs/
noun, genitive Sagittarii
[saj-i-tair-ee-ahy] /ˌsædʒ ɪˈtɛər iˌaɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 1.
Astronomy. the Archer, a zodiacal constellation between Scorpius and Capricorn.
  1. the ninth sign of the zodiac: the mutable fire sign.
  2. a person born under this sign, usually between November 22nd and December 21st; a Sagittarian.
Origin of Sagittarius
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin sagittārius archer, equivalent to sagitt(a) arrow + -ārius -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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noun (Latin genitive) Sagittarii (ˌsædʒɪˈtɛərɪˌaɪ)
(astronomy) a large conspicuous zodiacal constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Scorpius and Capricornus on the ecliptic and crossed by the Milky Way and containing the galactic centre
(astrology) Also called the Archer
  1. the ninth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♐, having a mutable fire classification and ruled by the planet Jupiter. The sun is in this sign between Nov 22 and Dec 21
  2. a person born when the sun is in this sign
(astrology) born under or characteristic of Sagittarius
Also (for senses 2b, 3) Sagittarian (ˌsædʒɪˈtɛərɪən)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin: an archer, from sagitta an arrow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Sagittarius

zodiac constellation, late Old English, from Latin, literally "archer," properly "pertaining to arrows," from sagitta "arrow," which probably is from a pre-Latin Mediterranean language. Meaning "person born under Sagittarius" (properly Sagittarian) is attested from 1940. It represents a centaur drawing a bow, but to modern observers unfamiliar with either it looks vaguely like a teapot.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Sagittarius in Science
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Scorpius and Capricornus. Sagittarius (the Archer) is the ninth sign of the zodiac.
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