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Vega

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[ vee-guh, vey- ]
/ ˈvi gə, ˈveɪ- /
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noun
Astronomy. a star of the first magnitude in the constellation Lyra.
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Origin of Vega

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1630–40; <Medieval Latin <Arabic (al-nasr-al-) wāqiʿ (the) falling (eagle), originally designating the three stars Alpha, Epsilon and Zeta Lyrae

Other definitions for Vega (2 of 2)

Vega2
[ vey-guh; Spanish ve-gah ]
/ ˈveɪ gə; Spanish ˈvɛ gɑ /

noun
Lo·pe de [law-pethe], /ˈlɔ pɛ ðɛ/, Lope Félix de Vega Carpio, 1562–1635, Spanish dramatist and poet.
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British Dictionary definitions for Vega (1 of 2)

Vega1
/ (ˈviːɡə) /

noun
the brightest star in the constellation Lyra and one of the most conspicuous in the N hemisphere. It is part of an optical double star having a faint companion. Distance: 25.3 light years; spectral type: A0V

Word Origin for Vega

C17: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic (al nasr) al wāqi, literally: the falling (vulture), that is, the constellation Lyra

British Dictionary definitions for Vega (2 of 2)

Vega2
/ (ˈveɪɡə, Spanish ˈbeɣa) /

noun
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Scientific definitions for Vega

Vega
[ vēgə, vāgə ]

A star in the constellation Lyra and one of the five brightest stars in the night sky. It is a white main-sequence star in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, with an apparent magnitude of 0.04. Vega, along with Altair and Deneb, form the Summer Triangle asterism. Scientific name: Alpha Lyra.
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