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Vega

[vee-guh, vey-] /ˈvi gə, ˈveɪ-/
noun
1.
Astronomy. a star of the first magnitude in the constellation Lyra.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Medieval Latin < Arabic (al-nasr-al-) wāqiʿ (the) falling (eagle), orig. designating the three stars Alpha, Epsilon and Zeta Lyrae

Vega

[vey-guh; Spanish be-gah] /ˈveɪ gə; Spanish ˈbɛ gɑ/
noun
1.
Lope de
[law-pe th e] /ˈlɔ pɛ ðɛ/ (Show IPA),
(Lope Félix de Vega Carpio) 1562–1635, Spanish dramatist and poet.

Las Vegas

[lahs vey-guh s] /lɑs ˈveɪ gəs/
noun
1.
a city in SE Nevada.
2.
a city in central New Mexico.
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British Dictionary definitions for vegas

Las Vegas

/læs ˈveɪɡəs/
noun
1.
a city in SE Nevada: famous for luxury hotels and casinos. Pop: 517 017 (2003 est)

Vega1

/ˈviːɡə/
noun
1.
the brightest star in the constellation Lyra and one of the most conspicuous in the N hemisphere. It is part of an optical double star having a faint companion. Distance: 25.3 light years; spectral type: A0V
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic (al nasr) al wāqi, literally: the falling (vulture), that is, the constellation Lyra

Vega2

/ˈveɪɡə; Spanish ˈbeɣa/
noun
1.
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Word Origin and History for vegas

Vega

n.

1638, bright northern star, the alpha of Lyra, from Arabic (Al Nasr) al Waqi translated variously as "the eagle of the desert" or "the falling vulture."

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vegas in Science
Vega
  (vē'gə, vā'gə)   
A star in the constellation Lyra and one of the five brightest stars in the night sky. It is a white main-sequence star in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, with an apparent magnitude of 0.04. Vega, along with Altair and Deneb, form the Summer Triangle asterism. Scientific name: Alpha Lyra.
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vegas in Culture

Las Vegas definition


City in southern Nevada.

Note: A famous gambling and entertainment center.
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Encyclopedia Article for vegas

Vega

brightest star in the northern constellation Lyra and fifth brightest in the night sky, with a visual magnitude of 0.03. It is also one of the Sun's closer neighbours, at a distance of about 25 light-years. Vega's spectral type is A (white) and its luminosity class V (main sequence). It will become the northern polestar by about AD 14,000 because of the precession of the equinoxes.

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