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Dictionary Definition



1 a constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere near Octans
2 type genus [syn: genus Apus]

User Contributed Dictionary

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From apus from ἄπους from ἀ- + πούς (the birds rarely show their feet).

Proper noun

  1. : A genus of Old World birds in the family Apodidae, commonly known as swifts. They resemble swallows but have shorter tails.



Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. From apus from ἄπους from ἀ- + πούς (the birds rarely show their feet).


Proper noun

  1. : A constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a bird of paradise.


Extensive Definition

For other meanings, see Apus (disambiguation).
Apus (, (Latin for anciently the swallow, but applied later to birds of paradise), from , meaning "no-feet") is a faint southern constellation, not visible to the ancient Greeks. The constellation was one of twelve constellations created by Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597, and it first appeared in Johann Bayer's Uranometria of 1603. Its genitive is "Apodis".
This constellation was originally named "Avis Indica" It first appeared on Petrus Plancius's 1598 celestial globe as "Paradysvogel Apis Indica": "Apis Indica" is Latin for "Indian Bee", likely an error for "Avis Indica" = "Indian Bird"; this confusion seems to have prompted a rename of two constellations: "Avis Indica" to "Apus" and "Apis" to "Musca".

Notable deep sky objects

Apus has several impressive clusters, NGC 6101 and IC 4499, as well as a very unusual nebular structure IC 4633.
Apus in Bengali: ধূম্রাট মণ্ডল
Apus in Belarusian: Сузор'е Райскі Птах
Apus in Catalan: Au del Paradís
Apus in Czech: Souhvězdí Rajky
Apus in Corsican: Apus
Apus in Danish: Paradisfuglen
Apus in German: Paradiesvogel (Sternbild)
Apus in Modern Greek (1453-): Πτηνόν
Apus in Spanish: Apus
Apus in Esperanto: Paradizeo (konstelacio)
Apus in Persian: مرغ بهشتی (صورت فلکی)
Apus in French: Oiseau de paradis (constellation)
Apus in Irish: Éan Parthais (réaltbhuíon)
Apus in Galician: Apus
Apus in Korean: 극락조자리
Apus in Croatian: Rajska ptica (zviježđe)
Apus in Indonesian: Apus
Apus in Italian: Uccello del Paradiso (costellazione)
Apus in Latin: Apus (sidus)
Apus in Latvian: Paradīzes Putns
Apus in Lithuanian: Rojaus Paukštis (astronomija)
Apus in Hungarian: Paradicsommadár csillagkép
Apus in Dutch: Paradijsvogel (sterrenbeeld)
Apus in Japanese: ふうちょう座
Apus in Norwegian Nynorsk: Paradisfuglen
Apus in Polish: Ptak Rajski (gwiazdozbiór)
Apus in Portuguese: Apus
Apus in Romanian: Pasărea Paradisului (constelaţie)
Apus in Russian: Райская Птица (созвездие)
Apus in Slovak: Súhvezdie Rajka
Apus in Finnish: Paratiisilintu (tähdistö)
Apus in Swedish: Paradisfågeln
Apus in Thai: กลุ่มดาวนกการเวก
Apus in Vietnamese: Thiên Yến
Apus in Turkish: Apus (takımyıldız)
Apus in Ukrainian: Райський Птах (сузір'я)
Apus in Chinese: 天燕座
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