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Fomalhaut

[foh-muh l-hawt, -muh-loh] /ˈfoʊ məlˌhɔt, -məˌloʊ/
noun, Astronomy
1.
a star of the first magnitude and the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Spanish Arabic fam al-ḥawt mouth of the fish; so called from its position in the constellation
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Fomalhaut

/ˈfəʊməˌləʊt/
noun
1.
the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, possessing a protoplanetary disc. Distance: 25 light years. Spectral type A3V
Word Origin
C16: from Arabic fum'l-hūt mouth of the fish, referring to its position in the constellation
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Word Origin and History for Fomalhaut

bright star in the constellation Piscis Austrinis, 1594, from Arabic Fum al Hut "the Fish's Mouth," which describes its position in the imaginary star-picture.

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Encyclopedia Article for Fomalhaut

the 17th star (excluding the Sun) in order of apparent brightness. It is used in navigation because of its conspicuous place in a sky region otherwise lacking in bright stars. It lies in the southern constellation Piscis Austrinus, about 25 light-years from the Earth. A white star, it has an apparent magnitude of 1.18. A sixth-magnitude companion star is yellow.

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