Betelgeuse

Betelgeuse

[beet-l-jooz, bet-l-jœz]
noun Astronomy.
a first-magnitude red supergiant in the constellation Orion.
Also, Betelgeux.


Origin:
1790–1800; < French < Arabic bīt al jauzāʾ shoulder of the giant (i.e., of Orion)

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Betelgeuse or Betelgeux (ˌbiːtəlˈdʒɜːz, ˈbiːtəlˌdʒɜːz, ˌbiːtəlˈdʒɜːz, ˈbiːtəlˌdʒɜːz)
 
n
a very remote luminous red supergiant, Alpha Orionis: the second brightest star in the constellation Orion. It is a variable star
 
[C18: from French, from Arabic bīt al-jauzā' literally: shoulder of the giant, that is, of Orion]
 
Betelgeux or Betelgeux
 
n
 
[C18: from French, from Arabic bīt al-jauzā' literally: shoulder of the giant, that is, of Orion]

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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   (bēt'l-jz')  Pronunciation Key 
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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