Fomalhaut

[foh-muh l-hawt, -muh-loh]

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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Fomalhaut

noun
  1. the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, possessing a protoplanetary disc. Distance: 25 light years. Spectral type A3V

Word Origin for Fomalhaut

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

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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