= the fish, more accurately
al-Ḥūt al-d̲j̲anūbī was the name given by the Arabs to the constellation of the Southern Fish the largest star in which is Fomalhaut [q. v.].
Al-Ḥūt, however, is also used of the zodiacal sign of Pisces, for which we find in al-Battānī, etc. the dual
al-Samakatāni = the two fishes; Ptolemy uses the plural IχθύεΣ for this sign and IχθύΣ νότιοΣ for the former.
Ṣāḥib al-Ḥūt = Jonah. (H. Suter) Bibliography Al-Battāni (ed. Nallino), ii. 166, 176, iii. 265, 274 Ḳazwīnī,
Kosmographie (ed. Wüstenfeld), i. 38, 41 L. Ideler,
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