noun, genitive Ly·rae [lahy-ree] /ˈlaɪ ri/ for 1.

Astronomy. the Lyre, a northern constellation between Cygnus and Hercules, containing the bright star Vega.
a female given name.
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noun Latin genitive Lyrae (ˈlaɪəriː)

a small constellation in the N hemisphere lying near Cygnus and Draco and containing the star Vega, an eclipsing binary (Beta Lyrae), a planetary nebula (the Ring Nebula), and a variable star, RR Lyrae
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A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cygnus and Hercules. Lyra (the Lyre) contains the bright star Vega.
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