Capricorn

Capricorn

[kap-ri-kawrn]
noun
1.
Astronomy. the Goat, a zodiacal constellation between Sagittarius and Aquarius.
2.
Astrology.
a.
the tenth sign of the zodiac: the cardinal earth sign. See illus. under zodiac.
b.
a person born under this sign, usually between December 22nd and January 19th.
3.
See under tropic ( def 1a ).
Also, Capricornus (for defs 1, 2).


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English Capricorne < Latin Capricornus (translation of Greek aigókerōs goat-horned), equivalent to capri- capri- + corn(u) horn + -us adj. suffix

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Capricorn (ˈkæprɪˌkɔːn, ˌkæprɪˈkɔːnɪən)
 
n
1.  astrology
 a.  the Goat, Also called: Capricornus the tenth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♑, having a cardinal earth classification and ruled by the planet Saturn. The sun is in this sign between about Dec 22 and Jan 19
 b.  a person born during the period when the sun is in this sign
2.  astronomy another name for Capricornus
3.  tropic of Capricorn See tropic
 
adj
4.  astrology born under or characteristic of Capricorn
 
[C14: from Latin Capricornus (translating Greek aigokerōs goat-horned), from caper goat + cornū horn]

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Capricorn
"zodiac sign," c.1391, from L. Capricornus, lit. "horned like a goat," from caper (gen. capri) "goat" + cornu "horn;" a loan-transl. of Gk. Aigokheros, the name of the constellation. Extended 1894 to persons born under the sign.
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Capricorn (kāp'rĭ-kôrn') or Capricornus   (kāp'rĭ-kôrn')  Pronunciation Key 
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Aquarius and Sagittarius. Capricorn (the Goat) is the tenth sign of the zodiac.
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