Pollux

[pol-uh ks]
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Pollux

noun
  1. the brightest star in the constellation Gemini, lying close to the star Castor. Visual magnitude: 1.15; spectral type: K0III; distance: 34 light yearsSee also Castor
  2. classical myth See Castor and Pollux
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Word Origin and History for pollux

Pollux

twin brother of Castor, name of the beta star of Gemini, 1520s, from Latin, from Greek Polydeukes, literally "very sweet," from polys "much" (see poly-) + deukes "sweet" (see glucose). The contraction of the name in Latin is perhaps via Etruscan [Klein].

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pollux in Science

Pollux

[pŏləks]
  1. A bright giant star in the constellation Gemini, with an apparent magnitude of 1.15. Scientific name: Beta Geminorum.
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