Capella

[ kuh-pel-uh ]
/ kəˈpɛl ə /
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noun

Astronomy. a first-magnitude star in the constellation Auriga.

Origin of Capella

1675–85; < Latin: literally, she-goat, equivalent to cap(ra) she-goat + -ella diminutive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for capella

Capella

/ (kəˈpɛlə) /

noun

the brightest star in the constellation Auriga; it is a yellow giant and a spectroscopic binary. Visual magnitude: 0.08; spectral type: G6III and G2III; distance: 42 light years

Word Origin for Capella

C17: New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of capra she-goat, from caper goat

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Word Origin and History for capella

Capella

bright northern star, the alpha of the constellation Auriga, by 17c., from Latin capella, literally "little she-goat" (Greek kinesai kheimonas), diminutive of capra "she-goat," fem. of caper "goat."

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Science definitions for capella

Capella

[ kə-pĕlə ]

A binary star in the constellation Auriga. It is one of the brightest stars in the night sky, with an apparent magnitude of 0.08. Scientifc name: Alpha Auriga.
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