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Betelgeuse

[beet-l-jooz, bet-l-jœz] /ˈbit lˌdʒuz, ˈbɛt lˌdʒœz/
noun, Astronomy
1.
a first-magnitude red supergiant in the constellation Orion.
Also, Betelgeux.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French < Arabic bīt al jauzāʾ shoulder of the giant (i.e., of Orion)
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British Dictionary definitions for Betelgeuse

Betelgeuse

/ˌbiːtəlˈdʒɜːz; ˈbiːtəlˌdʒɜːz/
noun
1.
a very remote luminous red supergiant, Alpha Orionis: the second brightest star in the constellation Orion. It is a variable star
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Arabic bīt al-jauzā' literally: shoulder of the giant, that is, of Orion
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Word Origin and History for Betelgeuse

bright star in the shoulder of Orion, 1515, from Arabic Ibt al Jauzah "the Armpit of the Central One." Intermediary forms include Bed Elgueze, Beit Algueze.

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Betelgeuse in Science
Betelgeuse
  (bēt'l-jz')   
A red supergiant star in the constellation Orion. It is a variable star with a brightest apparent magnitude of 0.5. Scientific name: Alpha Orionis. See Note at Rigel.
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