Part of speech: noun

A constellation or sign of the zodiac. See TROPIC.

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Usage examples "capricorn":

  1. The learned confess that several not despicable branches of philosophy have been newly extricated or amended or brought to perfection by me: but here my constellations were, not Mercury from the East in the angle of the seventh, and in quadratures with Mars, but Copernicus, but Tycho Brahe, without whose books of observations everything now set by me in the clearest light must have remained buried in darkness; not Saturn predominating Mercury, but my lords the Emperors Rudolph and Matthias, not Capricorn the house of Saturn but Upper Austria, the house of the Emperor, and the ready and unexampled bounty of his nobles to my petition. - "Kepler", Walter W. Bryant.
  2. When he touches the tropic of capricorn and ascends to uswards it begins to wax thin again. - "The Old English Herbals", Eleanour Sinclair Rohde.
  3. The larva, so well- equipped with tools and muscular strength, finds no difficulty in going where it pleases, by boring through the wood; but does the coming Capricorn, whose short spell of life must be spent in the open air, possess the same advantages? - "The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles", Jean Henri Fabre.