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or Coal Sack

[kohl-sak] /ˈkoʊlˌsæk/
noun, Astronomy
a dark nebula in the southern constellation Crux, whose dust particles obscure light from Milky Way stars behind it.
Also called Southern Coalsack.
Origin of Coalsack
1625-35; coal + sack1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In many regions its light is interrupted, especially in Centaurus, where a dark starless region exists, known as the "coal sack."

    Astronomy David Todd
  • This gulf of Cimmerian darkness was called by early navigators the coal sack.

British Dictionary definitions for coal sack

Coal Sack

a dark nebula in the Milky Way close to the Southern Cross
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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