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noun, genitive Vir·gi·nis [vur-juh-nis] /ˈvɜr dʒə nɪs/ for 1.
  1. Astronomy. the Virgin, a zodiacal constellation between Leo and Libra, containing the bright star Spica.
  2. Astrology.
    1. the sixth sign of the zodiac: the mutable earth sign.
    2. a person born under this sign, usually between August 23 and September 22.
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Origin of Virgo

before 1000; Middle English, Old English Virgō < Latin: maiden
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cancer, Aquarius, Aries, Capricorn, Gemini, leo, Libra, Pisces, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Taurus, Virgo

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noun Latin genitive Virginis (ˈvɜːdʒɪnɪs)
  1. astronomy a large zodiacal constellation on the celestial equator, lying between Leo and Libra. It contains the star Spica and a cluster of several thousand galaxies, the Virgo cluster, lying 50 million light years away and itself containing the intense radio source Virgo A, which is the closest active galaxy
  2. astrology
    1. Also called: the Virginthe sixth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♍, having a mutable earth classification and ruled by the planet Mercury. The sun is in this sign between about Aug 23 and Sept 22
    2. Also called: Virgoan (vɜːˈɡəʊən)a person born when the sun is in this sign
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  1. Also called: Virgoan astrology born under or characteristic of Virgo
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for virgo


zodiacal constellation, c.1000, from Latin Virgo "the virgin" (see virgin). Meaning "person born under the sign of Virgo" is attested from 1917.

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virgo in Science


  1. A constellation in the region of the celestial equator near Leo and Libra. Virgo (the Virgin) contains the bright star Spica and is the sixth sign of the zodiac.
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