- Astronomy. the Furnace, a small southern constellation south of Cetus and Eridanus.
Origin of Fornax
< Latin: literally, furnace, kiln, oven
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Examples from the Web for fornax
We here have the calidarium supported on the pillars of the fornax, the suspensura.
The Romans also worshipped a goddess of the earth and of fire under the common name of Fornax, dea fornacalis.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson
Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
Upon the walls were painted two enormous serpents, sacred reptiles which protected the altar of Fornax, the culinary divinity.The Wonders of Pompeii
Mount tna is derived very truly by Bochart from Aituna, fornax; as being a reservoir of molten matter.
- a faint constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Cetus and Phoenix
Latin: oven, kiln
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Word Origin and History for fornax
goddess of ovens in ancient Rome, from Latin fornax "furnace, oven, kiln" (see furnace). The dim constellation (representing a chemical furnace) was added by de Lacaille in 1756.
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