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Betelgeuse

or Be·tel·geux

[ beet-l-jooz, bet-l-jœz ]
/ ˈbit lˌdʒuz, ˈbɛt lˌdʒœz /
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noun Astronomy.

a first-magnitude red supergiant in the constellation Orion.

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Origin of Betelgeuse

1790–1800; <French <Arabic bīt al jauzāʾ shoulder of the giant (i.e., of Orion)
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British Dictionary definitions for Betelgeuse

Betelgeuse

Betelgeux

/ (ˌbiːtəlˈdʒɜːz, ˈbiːtəlˌdʒɜːz) /

noun

a very remote luminous red supergiant, Alpha Orionis: the second brightest star in the constellation Orion. It is a variable star

Word Origin for Betelgeuse

C18: from French, from Arabic bīt al-jauzā' literally: shoulder of the giant, that is, of Orion
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Scientific definitions for Betelgeuse

Betelgeuse
[ bētl-jōōz′ ]

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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