Bellatrix

Bellatrix

[buh-ley-triks]
noun Astronomy.
a blue-white giant star in the constellation Orion, with apparent magnitude +1.63.

Origin:
< Medieval Latin, Latin bellātrīx martial, waging war, equivalent to bellā(re) to wage war, (verbal derivative of bellum war) + -trīx -trix; apparently by association with bellātor a name for Orion (Latin: warrior), though precise connection with this star unexplained

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Bellatrix (ˈbɛlətrɪks)
 
n
the third brightest star in the constellation Orion

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Bellatrix
bright star in the left shoulder of Orion, from L. bellatrix "a female warrior," fem. of bellator "to wage war," from bellum "war." The Latin name, from the Alfonsine Tables (mid-13c.), very loosely translates the Arabic name for the star, Al Najid "the conqueror."
"In astrology it was the natal star of all destined to great civil or military honors, and rendered women born under its influence lucky and loquacious; or as old Thomas Hood said, 'Women born under this constellation shall have mighty tongues.' " [Allen]
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