Astronomy. the Lyre, a northern constellation between Cygnus and Hercules, containing the bright star Vega.
a female given name.
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How to use Lyra in a sentence
The unusual textures (santouri, ney, Lyra, clarinets, voices) impart a mystical quality to this work.
Hence Shakespeare speaks of 'the lark, that tirra-Lyra chants,' Wint.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
I took the viall and played some things from one of their books, Lyra lessons, which they seemed to like well.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
Lyra d soi, n d' eg, kai kithara leipetai, kai kata polin chrsima; kai au kat' agrous tois nomeusi syrinx an tis ei.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro
The Norman abbey of Lyra held the great tithes; the vicarial amounted to just one half of them, £6.Notes and Queries for Worcestershire | John Noake
The work met with a favourable reception, and a couple of the hymns were reproduced in the pages of Lyra Britannica.Literary Byways | William Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for Lyra
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
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cygnus and Hercules. Lyra (the Lyre) contains the bright star Vega.
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