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[al-deb-er-uh n] /ælˈdɛb ər ən/
a first-magnitude star, orange in color, in the constellation Taurus.
Origin of Aldebaran
< Arabic al the + dabarān follower (of the Pleiades) Unabridged
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  • We'll keep the Aldebaran at Kankad's, and use her for emergencies.

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  • Aldebaran is the brightest star in the constellation of Taurus.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • Next to Aldebaran in the V is the interesting double star Theta, which we can see as two distinct stars without a telescope.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • Except that I like their names, Aldebaran and Cassiopeia, and so on.

  • Note two pretty pairs in the Hyades, one south of Aldebaran, the other northwest of it.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • In June, 1874, I found it equal to Aldebaran, and of very much the same colour.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • But when he saw Aldebaran he stopped agape and crossed himself.

    The Jester's Sword Annie Fellows Johnston
  • So from the cradle it was destined for Aldebaran, and from the cradle it was his greatest teacher.

    The Jester's Sword Annie Fellows Johnston
  • You've been so brave—just like Aldebaran in the Jester's Sword.

    Mary Ware in Texas Annie F. Johnston
  • It boots not in this tale what wiles he used to gain Aldebaran's ear and tongue.

    The Jester's Sword Annie Fellows Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for Aldebaran


a binary star, one component of which is a red giant, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. It appears in the sky close to the star cluster Hyades. Visual magnitude: 0.85; spectral type: K5III; distance: 65 light years
Word Origin
C14: via Medieval Latin from Arabic al-dabarān the follower (of the Pleiades)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Aldebaran

bright star in Taurus, late 14c., from Arabic Al Dabaran "the follower" (of the Pleiades, which rise shortly before it does), from dabara "he followed."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Aldebaran in Science
A red giant star in the constellation Taurus. Aldebaran is the thirteenth brightest star in the sky, with an apparent magnitude of 0.85. Scientific name: Alpha Tauri.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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