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From Ancient Greek χαμαιλέων (khamailéōn).

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Chamaeleon m

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Asteraceae – certain carline thistle plants, with at most only a single currently accepted species Chamaeleon macrophyllus, most of whose former species are now in Carlina.



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Learned borrowing from Latin chamaeleon (chamaeleon), from Ancient Greek χαμαιλέων (khamailéōn). Doublet of chameleon. Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597.

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  1. (astronomy) A small circumpolar constellation of the southern sky, imagined to resemble a chameleon, which lies south of the constellations Carina and Musca.
    • 1994, Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica, Volumes 28-30, Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, page 50,
      The X-ray luminosity function has been determined so far only for the far only for the central parts of the Chamaeleon SFR by Fiegelson et al. (1993).
    • 2001, A. Mizuno, T. Hayakawa, T. Onishi, Y. Fukui, Dense Core Survey toward the Chamaeleon Dark Cloud Complex with the NANTEN Radio Telescope, Alwyn Wootten (editor), Science with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA): Proceedings of a Conference, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, page 146.
    • 2005, Memorie Della Società Astronomica Italiana, Volume 76, Issues 1-2, Società Astronomica Italiana, page 263,
      We note, however, that the surveyed area in Chamaeleon II was relatively small in comparison with the other two regions, covering only part of a cloud core to the north-west.

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Chamaeleon ?

  1. (astronomy) Chamaeleon (small circumpolar constellation of the southern sky)