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noun (1)

plural -s : the distance from the midpoint of an arc to the midpoint of its chord
-s : the larger of the two large otoliths found in the ear of most fishes
Sagitta : a genus of planktonic marine animals (phylum Chaetognatha) including the largest arrow worms
plural sagittas
or sagittae
: any arrowworm of the genus Sagitta


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noun (2)

Sa·​git·​ta sə-ˈji-tə How to pronounce Sagitta (audio)
: a small northern constellation that is visible between the constellations of Aquila and Vulpecula and that is represented by the figure of an arrow
Sagitta is an interesting constellation to see in the early evening. It's a small compact group in a beautiful field of double stars. In mythology, Sagitta represents an arrow shot by the hero Hercules.Arnold Pearlstein, Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), 21 Aug. 1994

Word History


Noun (1)

New Latin, from Latin, arrow, probably of non-Indo-European origin

First Known Use

Noun (2)

1675, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sagitta was in 1675

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“Sagitta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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