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/ ˈsɛk stənz /
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noun, genitive Sex·tan·tis [sek-stan-tis] /sɛkˈstæn tɪs/ for 1.
Astronomy. the Sextant, an equatorial constellation between Hydra and Leo.
(lowercase) a bronze coin of ancient Rome, the sixth part of an as, issued during the period of the Republic.
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Origin of Sextans
<Latin sextāns;see sextant
Words nearby Sextans
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How to use Sextans in a sentence
Sextans, seks′tanz, n. an ancient Roman bronze coin, worth one-sixth of the as.
We may just glance at two double stars in the small constellation of Sextans, situated under Leo.Pleasures of the telescope|Garrett Serviss
The people buried him by the contribution of a sextans from each person.The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08|Titus Livius
British Dictionary definitions for Sextans
/ (ˈsɛkstənz) /
noun Latin genitive Sextantis (sɛksˈtæntɪs)
a faint constellation lying on the celestial equator close to Leo and Hydra
Word Origin for Sextans
New Latin: sextant
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