A constellation in the polar region of the celestial Southern Hemisphere near Carina and Dorado.
(place, proper) A S constellation between Mensa and Carina.
Origin of volans
- Latin volāns present participle of volāre to fly
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. Shortened from Piscis Volans, from Latin piscis volāns (“flying fish").