[ lahy-ruh ]
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noun,genitive Ly·rae [lahy-ree] /ˈlaɪ ri/ for 1.
  1. Astronomy. the Lyre, a northern constellation between Cygnus and Hercules, containing the bright star Vega.

  2. a female given name.

  1. (lowercase) glockenspiel.

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How to use Lyra in a sentence

  • The work met with a favourable reception, and a couple of the hymns were reproduced in the pages of Lyra Britannica.

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British Dictionary definitions for Lyra


/ (ˈlaɪərə) /

nounLatin genitive Lyrae (ˈlaɪəriː)
  1. a small constellation in the N hemisphere lying near Cygnus and Draco and containing the star Vega, an eclipsing binary (Beta Lyrae), a planetary nebula (the Ring Nebula), and a variable star, RR Lyrae

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Scientific definitions for Lyra


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  1. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cygnus and Hercules. Lyra (the Lyre) contains the bright star Vega.

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