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Delphinus \Del*phi"nus\, n. [L., a dolphin, fr. Gr. delfi`s, delfi`n.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of Cetacea, including the dolphin. See Dolphin, 1.

  2. (Astron.) The Dolphin, a constellation near the equator and east of Aquila.


Delphinus is a constellation in the northern sky, close to the celestial equator. Its name is Latin for dolphin. Delphinus was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains among the 88 modern constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union. It is one of the smaller constellations, ranked 69th in size.

Delphinus' brightest stars form a distinctive asterism that can easily be recognized. It is bordered (clockwise from north) by Vulpecula the fox, Sagitta the arrow, Aquila the eagle, Aquarius the water-carrier, Equuleus the foal and Pegasus the flying horse.

Delphinus (disambiguation)

Delphinus is the Latin word for ' dolphin'. As a proper name, it may refer to—

  • Delphinus (genus), the genus name of the common dolphin in taxonomy
  • Delphinus (constellation), the astronomical constellation which symbolizes a dolphin
  • the former name of the USS Pegasus, a hydrofoil of the US Navy
  • HIMS Delphinus, one of two main airships in the video game Skies of Arcadia
  • R-100 Delphinus a series of aircraft in the video game Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere
Delphinus (genus)
  1. redirect common dolphin

Category:Cetacean genera Category:Dolphins

Delphinus (Chinese astronomy)

According to traditional Chinese uranography, the modern constellation Delphinus is located within the northern quadrant of the sky, which is symbolized as the Black Tortoise of the North (北方玄武, Běi Fāng Xuán Wǔ).

The name of the western constellation in modern Chinese is 海豚座 (hǎi tún zuò), meaning "the dolphin constellation".

Usage examples of "delphinus".

Or was her heavenhood a kind of prize for authorship, as Delphinus had been starred by Poseidon for his winning speeches?

Besides the general historians, the Diaries of Delphinus Gentilia Peter Antonius, and Stephen Infessura, in the great collection of Muratori, represented the state and misfortunes of Rome.

As I said, you can't expect a five-hundred-year-old denizen of the Delphini system, a creature that is composed of silicon, breathes ammonia, excretes an oxygen compound, and has a metabolism that we can't even begin to analyze, to react to a situation quite the same way you or I would.

This is one of the old constellations, situated near Delphinus in the northern hemisphere.

One of the old constellations in the northern hemisphere, near Aquila and Delphinus.