Monoceros

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Monoceros A one-horned creature; a unicorn; a sea monster with one horn. "Mighty monoceroses with immeasured tails."
    • Monoceros (Astron) The Unicorn, a constellation situated to the east Orion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Monoceros A unicorn, or some other one-horned animal, real or imaginary.
    • n Monoceros [capitalized] A constellation, the Unicorn, south of the Twins and the Crab, and between the two Dogs, introduced by Jacob Bartsch in 1624.
    • n Monoceros The narwhal, Monodon monoceros.
    • n Monoceros [capitalized] In zoology:
    • n Monoceros A genus of prosobranchiates of the family Muricidæ, so called from the large spine on the outer lip; the unicorn-shells. There are several species from the west coast of America.
    • n Monoceros A genus of balistoid fishes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Monoceros mō-nos′ėr-os a one-horned animal: the unicorn:
    • n Monoceros mō-nos′ėr-os (Spens.) perhaps the sword-fish
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ; mo`nos alone, single + ke`ras horn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. monos, single, keras, a horn.

Usage

In literature:

After ascertaining these facts, I remembered Swammerdam's investigations into the grub of the Monoceros, our Oryctes nasicornis.
"More Hunting Wasps" by J. Henri Fabre
The stars forming the western end of Monoceros are depicted on map No.
"Pleasures of the telescope" by Garrett Serviss
Turning now to the constellation Monoceros, we shall find a few objects worthy of attention.
"Astronomy with an Opera-glass" by Garrett Putman Serviss
Argo, the Ship, is a large constellation south of Hydra, Monoceros, and Canis Major.
"Astronomical Curiosities" by J. Ellard Gore
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In news:

Earthsky Tonight, January 19, 2010: Monoceros is the constellation of the Unicorn.
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In science:

Belokurov et al. 2006; Monoceros — Newberg et al.
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution
Regions containing stellar overdensities suggested in the literature to be part of the "Monoceros ring" are denoted by the blue hatched areas on either side of the disk.
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution
Monoceros stars would lie within our Sgr radial velocity criteria for this field.
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution
Among these objects, the Galactic center source and the point-like source in the Monoceros region are highlighted in the following.
High-(Energy)-Lights -- The Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Sky
Among the unidentified sources, there is - besides the Galactic center - only one more unresolved object: HESS J0632+058 which is close to the rim of the Monoceros Loop SNR (Aharonian et al. 2007h).
High-(Energy)-Lights -- The Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Sky
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