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[kuh-pel-uh] /kəˈpɛl ə/
Astronomy. a first-magnitude star in the constellation Auriga.
Origin of Capella
1675-85; < Latin: literally, she-goat, equivalent to cap(ra) she-goat + -ella diminutive suffix Unabridged
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  • His chief purpose in revisiting Stowmarket was to seek further confidences from Mrs. Capella.

  • "We have come to you from Capella," he said with some exultation.

    Jubilation, U.S.A. G. L. Vandenburg
  • The Capella became quarrelsome, and began to strike the seas heavily.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • No close telescopic companion to Capella has been discovered.

    Pleasures of the telescope Garrett Serviss
  • And the Capella unit had been entrusted with the same responsibility.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
British Dictionary definitions for Capella


the brightest star in the constellation Auriga; it is a yellow giant and a spectroscopic binary. Visual magnitude: 0.08; spectral type: G6III and G2III; distance: 42 light years
Word Origin
C17: New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of capra she-goat, from caper goat
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Word Origin and History for Capella

bright northern star, the alpha of the constellation Auriga, by 17c., from Latin capella, literally "little she-goat" (Greek kinesai kheimonas), diminutive of capra "she-goat," fem. of caper "goat."

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Capella in Science
A binary star in the constellation Auriga. It is one of the brightest stars in the night sky, with an apparent magnitude of 0.08. Scientifc name: Alpha Auriga.
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