- a type of bandage in the shape of a figure eight, extending from an extremity to the trunk.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. a first-magnitude star in the constellation Virgo.
Origin of spica
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin spīca literally, ear of grain; cf. spike2
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Spica represents the ear of corn held in the Virgin's left hand.
The brightest star in this region of the sky is Spica, in Virgo.
Its center lies about 50 south of Spica in Virgo and below the tail of Hydra.Astronomy for Young Folks
Isabel Martin Lewis
Spike lavender or French lavender; also the male lavender, spica nardi, or pseudo-nardus of old writers.
When it is at 3 it is at lower culmination, and the star Spica is on the meridian.A Text-Book of Astronomy
George C. Comstock
- med a spiral bandage formed by a series of overlapping figure-of-eight turns
- botany another word for spike 2 (def. 1)
C15: from Latin: ear of corn
- the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. Distance: 260 light years
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Word Origin and History for spica
1728, bright star in constellation Virgo, from Latin, literally "ear of grain," corresponding to Greek stakhys (see spike (n.1)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A bright bluish-white binary star in the constellation Virgo, with an apparent magnitude of 0.96. Scientific name: Alpha Virginis.
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