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Lacerta \La*cer"ta\, n. [L. lacertus the arm.] A fathom. [Obs.]
--Domesday Book.


Lacerta \La*cer"ta\, n. [L. a lizard. See Lizard.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of lizards. See Lizard.

    Note: Formerly it included nearly all the known lizards. It is now restricted to certain diurnal Old World species, like the green lizard ( Lacerta viridis) and the sand lizard ( Lacerta agilis), of Europe.

  2. (Astron.) The Lizard, a northern constellation.


n. (context constellation English) An inconspicuous autumn constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a lizard. It lies between the constellations of Cygnus and Andromeda.


Lacerta is one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union. Its name is Latin for lizard. A small, faint constellation, it was created in 1687 by the astronomer Johannes Hevelius. Its brightest stars form a "W" shape similar to that of Cassiopeia, and it is thus sometimes referred to as 'Little Cassiopeia'. It is located between Cygnus, Cassiopeia and Andromeda on the northern celestial sphere. The northern part lies on the Milky Way.

Lacerta (genus)

Lacerta is a genus of lizards of the family Lacertidae.

Lacerta (Chinese astronomy)

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

The name of the western constellation in modern Chinese is 蝎虎座 (xiē hǔ zuò), meaning "the lizard constellation".

Usage examples of "lacerta".

Karpal touched the highlighted name on the screen, and a plot of the waves from Lacerta for the preceding month appeared.

How long did the fleshers have before Lacerta lit up with gamma rays, six thousand times brighter than the sun?

Other than that, whether Lacerta giver-of-life was about to show the hand that takes, or whether it was preparing to rain gamma rays on the accidental children of another dead star altogether, the scars inflicted would be equally painful, and equally meaningless.

If Lacerta had happened a thousand years ago, no one on Earth would have survived.

By the end of the Diaspora, when his scattered clones had reconverged, the Earth would be habitable again-but he could never feel secure about returning to the flesh until Lacerta had been explained.

And the failure to explain Lacerta hardly meant that conservation laws could be discarded at will.

Transmuters, and come hack with the physics of Lacerta and the c burst.

You know, of course, that in Ireland there are no reptiles, save the little common lizard, Lacerta agilis, and a few frogs on the mountain-tops--how they got there I cannot conceive.

He had heard of a race of lizards in the Caucasus that reproduced themselves parthenogenetically, with no sexual congress of any kind, no sexual complications: Lacerta saxicola was their name.

So I wouldn't stake my life on conservation of angular momentum until I found out where it all went with Lacerta.

Jim smiled slightly at Deneb, then let his eyes drift on northward through the base of the Triangle, following the faint band of the Milky Way and the Galactic Equator through Cygnus into Lacerta, Cassiopeia, Andromeda.

The black hole was undetectable at any wavelength, as quiescent in the region's high vacuum as the neutron stars had been, but Yatima imagined a speck of distorted darkness midway between Hough 187 and 10 Lacertae.

The gleisners had put a non-sentient probe into orbit around the Lacerta black hole, but it had revealed nothing about the cause of the neutron stars' collision.