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noun, genitive Vo·lan·tis [voh-lan-tis] /voʊˈlæn tɪs/. Astronomy.
  1. the Flying Fish, a southern constellation between Carina and Hydrus.
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Origin of Volans

< Latin, present participle of volāre to fly
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Historical Examples

  • The series of volans from the San Gabriels shows that the two color phases of this bat both occur in the area.

    Mammals of the San Gabriel Mountains of California

    Terry A. Vaughan

  • Benson (1949:50) states that color variation in a series of volans from a given locality may be striking.

  • He began the great work entitled Bibliotheca volans, the fourth section of which brought grievous trouble upon its author.

British Dictionary definitions for volans


noun Latin genitive Volantis (vəʊˈlæntɪs)
  1. a small constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Carina and Hydrus
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin, literally: flying, from volāre to fly
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