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[del-fahy-nuh s]
noun, genitive Del·phi·ni [del-fahy-nahy] /dɛlˈfaɪ naɪ/. Astronomy.
  1. the Dolphin, a northern constellation between Aquila and Pegasus.
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Origin of Delphinus

< Latin delphīnus dolphin < Greek delphī́s dolphin, stem delphīn-
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Historical Examples

  • And Tanub said himself that the Delphinus was hidden in the best place in all of their history.

    Missing Link

    Frank Patrick Herbert

  • I hear that Delphinus, the famous crystal gazer, has arrived in Orel.

    Marie Tarnowska

    Annie Vivanti

  • No other character of importance appears to separate it from Delphinus.

  • Dauphin, after whom their son was named Dauphin (Delphinus).

  • It is in the constellation of Delphinus that the most distant known object in the heavens is located.

    Astronomy for Young Folks

    Isabel Martin Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for delphinus


noun Latin genitive Delphini (dɛlˈfaɪnaɪ)
  1. a small constellation in the N hemisphere, between Pegasus and Sagitta
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: dolphin
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