[see-tuh s, sey-]

noun, genitive Ce·ti [see-tahy, sey-tee] /ˈsi taɪ, ˈseɪ ti/. Astronomy.

the Whale, a constellation lying above the equator, containing the variable star Mira.

Origin of Cetus

From Latin; see origin at cet-
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Examples from the Web for cetus

Historical Examples of cetus

  • "Neither would it do any good to travel in the direction of Cetus," I said.

    Cogito, Ergo Sum

    John Foster West

  • It is situated in the constellation Cetus, a little south of the equator.

    The Story of the Heavens

    Robert Stawell Ball

  • The variable in Cetus received the name of Mira, or the wonderful.

    The Story of the Heavens

    Robert Stawell Ball

  • The Cetus feels the fire and the ship and the people; then he will plunge if he can, and drown them.


    F. Edward Hulme

  • By far the most interesting object in Cetus is the star Mira.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass

    Garrett Putman Serviss

British Dictionary definitions for cetus


noun Latin genitive Ceti (ˈsiːtaɪ)

a large constellation on the celestial equator near Pisces and Aquarius. It contains the variable star Mira Ceti

Word Origin for Cetus

Latin: whale
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