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[buh-ley-triks] /bəˈleɪ trɪks/
noun, Astronomy.
a blue-white giant star in the constellation Orion, with apparent magnitude +1.63.
Origin of Bellatrix
< 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 Unabridged
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  • "Hasten your work, Sextus, if you wish to sketch the Venus Bellatrix," said Carinus.

  • The star on the left shoulder is γ or Bellatrix, of second magnitude; that of the right foot, χ, is almost of the third.

    Astronomy for Amateurs Camille Flammarion
  • About 9° west of Bellatrix are eight stars in a curved line running north and south.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • More than two centuries would elapse in passage to a far-off star like Bellatrix.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
British Dictionary definitions for Bellatrix


the third brightest star in the constellation Orion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Bellatrix

bright star in the left shoulder of Orion, from Latin bellatrix "a female warrior," frequently used as an adjective, "warlike, skilled in war," fem. of bellator "to wage war," from bellum "war" (see bellicose). 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]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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