Vul·​pec·​u·​la | \ ˌvəl-ˈpe-kyə-lə \

Definition of Vulpecula

 (Entry 1 of 2)

taxonomic synonym of alopias


Vul·​pec·​u·​la | \ ˌvəl-ˈpe-kyə-lə How to pronounce Vulpecula (audio) \

Definition of Vulpecula (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dim northern constellation that is visible between the constellations of Cygnus and Sagitta and that is represented by the figure of a fox Lying 16,000 light-years distant in the constellation Vulpecula astride the summer Milky Way, this object is better known as the “millisecond pulsar.” It is the most rapidly rotating stellar body in the known universe and is possibly the most accurate clock as well.— David H. Smith, Sky & Telescope, October 1983

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First Known Use of Vulpecula


1781, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Vulpecula

New Latin, from Latin, small fox, a small shark, diminutive of vulpes fox, a shark

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“Vulpecula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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