[foh-muh l-hawt, -muh-loh]
- a star of the first magnitude and the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus.
Origin of Fomalhaut
First recorded in 1585–95, Fomalhaut is from the Spanish Arabic word fam al-ḥawt mouth of the fish; so called from its position in the constellation
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Examples from the Web for fomalhaut
We're four weeks from the nearest star, Fomalhaut; you know that as well as I do.The Marooner
Charles A. Stearns
As far as anyone knew, the atmosphere of Fomalhaut V actually was poisonous.The Judas Valley
Fomalhaut I don't know about; I thought it French and masculine.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce
Fomalhaut in the most southern fish of the constellation Pisces at 2h.
And I don't want you to balk at its hard name—Fomalhaut (pronounced fo´-mal-o).Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know
Julia Ellen Rogers
- the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, possessing a protoplanetary disc. Distance: 25 light years. Spectral type A3V
C16: from Arabic fum'l-hūt mouth of the fish, referring to its position in the constellation
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Word Origin and History for fomalhaut
bright star in the constellation Piscis Austrinis, 1594, from Arabic Fum al Hut "the Fish's Mouth," which describes its position in the imaginary star-picture.
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