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noun, genitive For·nac·is [fawr-nas-is, -ney-sis] /fɔrˈnæs ɪs, -ˈneɪ sɪs/.
  1. Astronomy. the Furnace, a small southern constellation south of Cetus and Eridanus.
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Origin of Fornax

< Latin: literally, furnace, kiln, oven
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noun Latin genitive Fornacis (fɔːˈneɪsɪs, -ˈnæs-)
  1. a faint constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Cetus and Phoenix
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Word Origin

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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