Sextans

Sextans

[sek-stuhnz]
noun, genitive Sextantis [sek-stan-tis] , for 1.
1.
Astronomy. the Sextant, an equatorial constellation between Hydra and Leo.
2.
(lowercase) a bronze coin of ancient Rome, the sixth part of an as, issued during the period of the Republic.

Origin:
< Latin sextāns; see sextant

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sextan

[sek-stuhn]
adjective
1.
(of a fever) characterized by paroxysms that recurevery sixth day.
noun
2.
a sextan fever.

Origin:
1650–60; < Neo-Latin sextān(a) (febris) sixth day (fever), equivalent to Latin sext(us) sixth + āna -an

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sextan (ˈsɛkstən)
 
adj
(of a fever) marked by paroxysms that recur after an interval of five days
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin sextana (febris) (fever) of the sixth (day)]

Sextans (ˈsɛkstənz)
 
n , Latin genitive Sextantis
a faint constellation lying on the celestial equator close to Leo and Hydra
 
[New Latin: sextant]

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