Definition of Cepheus

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) king of Ethiopia and husband of Cassiopeia.

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Mythical Being

2. Noun. A faint constellation in the northern hemisphere near Cassiopeia and the pole star.
Generic synonyms: Constellation

Definition of Cepheus

1. n. A northern constellation near the pole. Its head, which is in the Milky Way, is marked by a triangle formed by three stars of the fourth magnitude. See Cassiopeia.

Definition of Cepheus

1. Proper noun. (Greek mythology) Husband of Cassiopeia, king of Eritrea, father of Andromeda. There may be two mythical kings by this name. ¹

2. Proper noun. (constellation) A circumpolar constellation of the northern sky representing the king Cepheus from Greek myth. The constellation lies between Draco and Cassiopeia. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cepheus

Cephalopterus ornatus
Cephalotus follicularis
Cepphus columba
Cepphus grylle
Ceram Sea
Cerapteryx graminis
Cerastes cornutus
Cerastium alpinum
Cerastium arvense
Cerastium tomentosum

Literary usage of Cepheus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Star Lore of All Ages: A Collection of Myths, Legends, and Facts Concerning by William Tyler Olcott (1911)
"ALTHOUGH one of the most inconspicuous constellations, cepheus has attracted attention ... It seems in a measure appropriate that cepheus should be a dim ..."

2. The Geography of the Heavens, and Class Book of Astronomy: Accompanied by a by Elijah Hinsdale Burritt, Thomas Dick (1849)
"There are a few faint nebulae in this constellation. cepheus. cepheus ... cepheus illumes The neighboring heavens; still faithful to his queen, ..."

3. Celestial objects for common telescopes by Thomas William Webb (1873)
"cepheus. Much more barren to the naked eye than to the telescope. Glorious sweeps and curious ... Schmidt suspects variation in many stars of cepheus. ..."

4. Latin Literature of the Empire by Alfred Gudeman (1899)
"Book V., 450-486: The astrological significance of the constellation cepheus. 925 Sed regione means cepheus ..."

5. The Storyland of Stars by Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick (1892)
"cepheus AND CASSIOPEIA. Close by the Bears are the constellations cepheus ... cepheus and Cassiopeia were king and queen of a country in or about Greece. ..."

6. British Oribatidæ by Albert Davidson Michael (1884)
"Table for identifying British Species of cepheus. Pseudo-stigmatic organs almost globular and sunk ... cepheus OCELLATUS,* Michael. PI. XVI, figs. 1—7. ..."

7. The Stars in Song and Legend by Jermain Gildersleeve Porter (1901)
"cepheus AND CASSIOPEIA Or that starred Ethiop queen that strove To set her beauty's ... cepheus and his queen are side by side upon the starry sphere, ..."

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