wolf rayet star

Wolf-Rayet star

[woolf-rahy-ey; French vawlf-ra-ye]
noun
a very hot (35,000–100,000 K) and luminous star in the early stages of evolution, with broad emission lines in its spectrum.
Also called W-R star.


Origin:
1885–90; after French astronomers Charles J. E. Wolf (1827–1918) and Georges Rayet (1839–1906)

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Wolf-Rayet star (ˈwʊlfˈreɪət)
 
n
any of a small class of very hot intensely luminous stars surrounded by a rapidly expanding envelope of gas
 
[C19: named after Charles Wolf (1827--1918) and Georges Rayet (1839--1906), French astronomers]

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