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noun, genitive La·cer·tae [luh-sur-tee] /ləˈsɜr ti/. Astronomy.
  1. the Lizard, a northern constellation between Cepheus and Pegasus.
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Origin of Lacerta

< Latin: lizard
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Historical Examples of lacerta

  • Linnus mentions three species, which he places with his great genus Lacerta.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • It was named Lacerta by Hevelius in 1690, and this name it still retains.

  • The following description, taken in the main from my own observations, applies to Lacerta muralis.

  • Neither have that rapid movement, so characteristic of the genera Lacerta and Iguana.

  • The stars γ and β are pointer stars to a fifth-magnitude star the lucida of the asterism Lacerta, the lizard about 15° from β.

    A Field Book of the Stars

    William Tyler Olcott

British Dictionary definitions for lacerta


noun Latin genitive Lacertae (ləˈsɜːtiː)
  1. a small faint constellation in the N hemisphere, part of which is crossed by the Milky Way, lying between Cygnus and Andromeda
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Word Origin for Lacerta

Latin: lizard
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