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(astronomy) A faint constellation of the southern spring sky, said to resemble a microscope. It lies south of the constellation of Capricornus.
Named by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1763. From later Latin microscopium, a "microscope"
New Latin Mīcroscopium microscope, Microscopium micro– -scopium -scope
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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