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Virgo

[vur-goh] /ˈvɜr goʊ/
noun, genitive Virginis
[vur-juh-nis] /ˈvɜr dʒə nɪs/ (Show IPA),
for 1.
1.
Astronomy. the Virgin, a zodiacal constellation between Leo and Libra, containing the bright star Spica.
2.
Astrology.
  1. the sixth sign of the zodiac: the mutable earth sign.
  2. a person born under this sign, usually between August 23 and September 22.
Origin of Virgo
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English Virgō < Latin: maiden
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  • This corresponds nearly (roughly speaking) to the 1st degrees of Taurus and Virgo.

  • The brightest star in this region of the sky is Spica, in Virgo.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • The captain of the Virgo said that he feared, if they stayed longer, his ship would be frozen in.

  • Your Moon will be going through Virgo, the sign of sickness.

    The Romance of His Life Mary Cholmondeley
  • This star can be seen from the Earth with the naked eye, and its sign is the letter γ (Gamma), in the constellation of Virgo.

    Lumen Camille Flammarion
British Dictionary definitions for Virgo

Virgo

/ˈvɜːɡəʊ/
noun (Latin genitive) Virginis (ˈvɜːdʒɪnɪs)
1.
(astronomy) a large zodiacal constellation on the celestial equator, lying between Leo and Libra. It contains the star Spica and a cluster of several thousand galaxies, the Virgo cluster, lying 50 million light years away and itself containing the intense radio source Virgo A, which is the closest active galaxy
2.
(astrology)
  1. Also called the Virgin. the sixth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♍, having a mutable earth classification and ruled by the planet Mercury. The sun is in this sign between about Aug 23 and Sept 22
  2. Also called Virgoan (vɜːˈɡəʊən). a person born when the sun is in this sign
adjective
3.
(astrology) Also called Virgoan. born under or characteristic of Virgo
Word Origin
C14: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for Virgo

zodiacal constellation, c.1000, from Latin Virgo "the virgin" (see virgin). Meaning "person born under the sign of Virgo" is attested from 1917.

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Virgo in Science
Virgo
  (vûr'gō)   
A constellation in the region of the celestial equator near Leo and Libra. Virgo (the Virgin) contains the bright star Spica and is the sixth sign of the zodiac.
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Related Abbreviations for Virgo

VIRGO

variability of [solar] irradiance and gravity oscillations
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