Ant·​lia | \ ˈant-lē-ə How to pronounce Antlia (audio) \

Definition of Antlia

: a southern constellation that is visible west of the constellation Centaurus and south of the constellation Hydra and that is represented by the figure of a pump NGC 2997 is a spiral galaxy roughly 30 million light-years away in the constellation of Antlia (the Air Pump).io9, 28 Oct. 2010

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First Known Use of Antlia

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Antlia

borrowed from New Latin Antlia (Pneumatica), literally, "(air) pump," going back to Latin, "means of drawing water, treadmill," borrowed from Greek antlía "hold of a ship, bilgewater, reservoir," derivative of ántlos with same sense, perhaps derivative (with an instrumental suffix -tlos dissimilated from *-thlos) of an Indo-European verbal base *h2en- "draw (water)," whence Hittite han- "draw (water)"

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“Antlia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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