Origin of Rigel
Examples from the Web for rigel
Fomalhaut and Rigel, in either the ascendant or mid-heaven, give fame after death.The Influence of the Stars|Rosa Baughan
Sometimes it appears brighter than Rigel, and sometimes less brilliant.Astronomy with an Opera-glass|Garrett Putman Serviss
This is impossible, from the fact that Rigel and Alhabor both occur in the diagrams and tables; see, for instance, Fig. 2.Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)|Geoffrey Chaucer
Its name is Rigel (pronounced re´-jel) from an Arabian word meaning "the foot."Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know|Julia Ellen Rogers
I ran to the side window, only to find my eyes blinded by Rigel's blaze.Out Around Rigel|Robert H. Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for rigel
Word Origin for Rigel
Word Origin and History for rigel
bright star in Orion, 1590s, from Arabic Rijl Jauzah al Yusra "the Left Leg of the Central One," from rijl "foot."
Science definitions for rigel
The history of astronomy owes much to Arabic scientists of the Middle Ages, who preserved the astronomical learning of ancient Greece and made improvements on it. The English names of many of the brightest stars in the heavens are Arabic in origin. The name of the supergiant star Rigel, for example, comes from the Arabic word for foot (the foot of the constellation Orion, that is). Some other important stars whose names are Arabic include Aldebaran, the one following (the Pleiades); Betelgeuse, hand of Orion; Deneb, tail (of the constellation Cygnus, the swan); and Altair, the flying eagle (in the constellation Aquila, the eagle). The names of other stars are usually Greek or Latin, such as Antares or Sirius, as are the names of the constellations.