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[see-tuh s, sey-] /ˈsi təs, ˈseɪ-/
noun, genitive Ceti
[see-tahy, sey-tee] /ˈsi taɪ, ˈseɪ ti/ (Show IPA).
the Whale, a constellation lying above the equator, containing the variable star Mira.
Origin of Cetus
< Latin; see cet- Unabridged
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  • Directly above Cetus is the long, straggling constellation of Pisces, the Fishes.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass Garrett Putman Serviss
  • It is situated in the constellation Cetus, a little south of the equator.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • Below Aries may be seen the characteristic pentagon in the head of Cetus, the Whale.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • The Cetus feels the fire and the ship and the people; then he will plunge if he can, and drown them.

    Myth-Land F. Edward Hulme
  • Cetus, you will recall, represents the sea-monster sent to devour Andromeda, the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • The celestial globe map has the author and date legend 149placed near the constellation “Cetus.”

    Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Vol II Edward Luther Stevenson
  • An ancient large float, says Hesychius, "in bulk like a whale;" derived from Cetus, which applied both to whale and ship.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • We may, therefore, conclude that it was near a minimum of light at the time of his observation of the stars of Cetus.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • Its plane is inclined about 63 to the celestial equator and its poles lie in the constellations of Coma Berenicis and Cetus.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • Omicron in the constellation Cetus, is the longest known of them; and is held to revolve in 831 days.

    The Plurality of Worlds William Whewell
British Dictionary definitions for Cetus


noun (Latin genitive) Ceti (ˈsiːtaɪ)
a large constellation on the celestial equator near Pisces and Aquarius. It contains the variable star Mira Ceti
Word Origin
Latin: whale
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