- a first-magnitude red supergiant in the constellation Orion.
Origin of Betelgeuse
1790–1800; < French < Arabic bīt al jauzāʾ shoulder of the giant (i.e., of Orion)
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The reddish daylight swelled; Betelgeuse was rising quietly and majestically.Tony and the Beetles
Philip K. Dick
Cunningham looked alternately from her to Betelgeuse and the moon.
It is doubtful if Betelgeuse had ever looked down upon a quainter.
Off to one side Betelgeuse was a baleful red eye in the shoulder of Orion.First on the Moon
And, to my eye at least, Betelgeuse is redder than Arcturus.Astronomical Curiosities
J. Ellard Gore
- a very remote luminous red supergiant, Alpha Orionis: the second brightest star in the constellation Orion. It is a variable star
C18: from French, from Arabic bīt al-jauzā' literally: shoulder of the giant, that is, of Orion
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Word Origin and History for betelgeuse
bright star in the shoulder of Orion, 1515, from Arabic Ibt al Jauzah "the Armpit of the Central One." Intermediary forms include Bed Elgueze, Beit Algueze.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A red supergiant star in the constellation Orion. It is a variable star with a brightest apparent magnitude of 0.5. Scientific name: Alpha Orionis. See Note at Rigel.
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