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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This reredos is in the chapel on the south of the Capella Mor.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • "We have come to you from Capella," he said with some exultation.

    Jubilation, U.S.A. G. L. Vandenburg
  • Capella is lo-cat-ed in the con-stell-a-tion which you call Auriga.

    Jubilation, U.S.A. G. L. Vandenburg
  • Capella is visible at some hour of every clear night throughout the year.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • But whatever happens, Tommy, stay with the ship and go on to Capella.

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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