Microscopium

noun

Mi·​cro·​sco·​pi·​um ˌmī-krō-ˈskō-pē-əm How to pronounce Microscopium (audio)
astronomy
: a southern constellation that is visible between the constellations of Capricornus and Indus and that is represented by the figure of a microscope
Two red dwarf stars in the southern hemisphere constellation called Microscopium are emitting unpredictable eruptions like giant versions of the small-scale flares that have been seen on the sun for more than a century.David Perlman, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Sept. 1992

Word History

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Microscopium was in 1802

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“Microscopium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Microscopium. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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