- Astronomy. the Air Pump, a small southern constellation between Vela and Hydra.
- (lowercase) Entomology. the proboscis of a lepidopterous insect.
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
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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)
- a faint constellation in the S hemisphere close to Hydra and Vela
Word Origin for Antlia
C19: from Latin, from Greek: bucket
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