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the second brightest star in the constellation Leo. Visual magnitude: 2.14; spectral type: A3V
Word Origin
from Arabic dhanab al-(asad) tail of the (lion)
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  • The star second in brightness in the constellation of Leo is known as denebola.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
  • Betelgeuse is 'giant's shoulder,' the giant being Orion; denebola is 'lion's tail.'

    The Royal Observatory Greenwich

    E. Walter (Edwared Walter) Maunder
  • denebola, a star of the second magnitude, is in the Lion's tail, twenty-five degrees northeast of Regulus.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
Word Origin and History for denebola


second-brightest star in Leo, from Latinized corruption of Arabic dhanab al-(asad) "tail of the lion."

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