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Antlia

[ant-lee-uh]
noun, genitive Ant·li·ae [ant-lee-ee] /ˈænt liˌi/ for 1, plural Ant·li·ae [ant-lee-ee] /ˈænt liˌi/ for 2.
  1. Astronomy. the Air Pump, a small southern constellation between Vela and Hydra.
  2. (lowercase) Entomology. the proboscis of a lepidopterous insect.
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Origin of Antlia

< Latin antlia pump, machine for drawing water < Greek antlía bilgewater, a ship's hold, equivalent to ántl(os) the hold (of a ship), bilge water + -ia -ia
Related formsant·li·ate [ant-lee-eyt] /ˈænt liˌeɪt/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • A still more extraordinary instance of irritability is exhibited by the antlia, or instrument of suction of the butterfly.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)

    William Kirby


British Dictionary definitions for antlia

Antlia

noun Latin genitive Antliae (ˈæntlɪˌiː)
  1. a faint constellation in the S hemisphere close to Hydra and Vela
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin, from Greek: bucket
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