From Middle English Neptune, Neptunus, a borrowing from Latin Neptūnus, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *nébʰ-tu-s (“damp, cloudy”) (source of Ancient Greek νέφος (néphos), Sanskrit नभस् (nábhas), etc.), with the sense of "wet, moist."
Puhvel, however, connects it with Proto-Italic *nepōts from Proto-Indo-European *népōts by analogy to Portūnus, cognate with Vedic Apām Napāt and Avestan Apąm Napāt, Child (cf: neve, nephew) of the Water as part of an Indo-European 'Fire in the Water' myth.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈnɛptjuːn/, /ˈnɛptʃuːn/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈnɛptuːn/
- (New Zealand) IPA(key): /ˈneptʃʉːn/
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- (astronomy) The eighth planet in our solar system, represented in astronomy and astrology by ♆.
- (Roman mythology) The god of the ocean and of earthquakes. The same as Poseidon in Greek mythology.
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- (planets of the Solar System) planets of the Solar System; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune