- any of a shower of meteors appearing in August and radiating from a point in the constellation Perseus.
Origin of Perseid
Examples from the Web for perseid
Secondly, that it was a new power which he erected, and that he was not merely the transferee of the power of the Perseid line.Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age, Vol. 1 of 3
W. E. Gladstone
A dawdling August Perseid scratched a thin mark of light across the blackness.Vigorish
Gordon Randall Garrett
For this reason, Leverrier pronounced, in 1867, the Perseid to be of older formation than the Leonid system.A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century
Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
The Perseid meteors sometimes fall at the rate of about sixty per hour.Astronomy of To-day
Cecil G. Dolmage
- any member of a meteor shower occurring annually around August 12th and appearing to radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus
Word Origin and History for perseid
meteor from an annual shower that appears to radiate from the constellation Perseus, 1867, from Modern Latin Perseides (plural), from Greek Perseis "daughter of Perseus" (see Perseus; also see -id). The name might have been introduced in English via the writings of Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli. Other recorded old names for them in English include August meteors and Tears of St. Lawrence.