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Virgo

[ vur-goh ]
/ ˈvɜr goʊ /
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noun, genitive Vir·gi·nis [vur-juh-nis] /ˈvɜr dʒə nɪs/ for 1.
Astronomy. the Virgin, a zodiacal constellation between Leo and Libra, containing the bright star Spica.
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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What does Virgo mean?

Virgo is the name of a constellation generally interpreted as representing a woman holding a sheaf (bundle) of grain. It’s also sometimes called The Virgin.

A constellation is a group of stars that appear near each other in the sky—especially a group that has been given a name. Virgo is considered one of the 12 zodiacal constellations—constellations that appear within a particular portion of the sky called the zodiac.

In astronomy, the zodiac is the band of sky along which the paths of the sun, the moon, and the planets appear to move.

Despite its basis in astronomy, the word zodiac is mainly associated with and most often used in the context of astrology, the nonscientific practice in which the positions of heavenly bodies at certain times are thought to influence or be correlated with human behavior and events. In astrology, zodiac refers to a diagram (often a circular one) representing the zodiac belt and showing the symbols associated with each of the 12 constellations or sections, which are called the signs of the zodiac. Virgo is one of these signs. It is situated between Leo and Libra and is considered the sixth sign of the zodiac.

The other signs of the zodiac are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

In astrology, the position of the sun in a particular portion of the zodiac at the moment of a person’s birth is thought to correlate with their personality. This is what people are referring to when they talk about their zodiac sign (or star sign or often just sign). People whose sign is Virgo are those born between August 23 and September 22.

The word Virgo can be used as a noun to refer to someone who is born during this time, as in I was born in early September, so I’m a Virgo. The word Virgoan can be used to mean the same thing. It can also be used as an adjective form of Virgo.

Example: Oh, your birthday is in September? Are you a Virgo?

Where does Virgo come from?

The first records of the word Virgo come from before the year 1000. It comes from a Latin word meaning “maiden” (in the sense of a young unmarried woman).

Virgo has been associated with the Greek goddess of justice, Dike, the Greek harvest goddess Demeter, and the Syrian fertility goddess Atargatis.

In astrology, the different signs of the zodiac are thought to be associated with certain personality traits. Traits associated with Virgo include reliability and humility. Virgo and the other signs of the zodiac are often used in the context of a person’s horoscope. The word horoscope can refer to a diagram of the heavens that maps the relative position of planets and the signs of the zodiac. It can also refer to a prediction based (or said to be based) on a person’s sign and the location of other celestial bodies at the time they were born.

Get more insight into what really defines a Virgo by visiting our article on the many traits of Virgos.

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The word Virgo is used to refer to the sign of the zodiac named after the constellation. In the context of astrology, people associate a number of different traits with the sign Virgo.

 

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British Dictionary definitions for Virgo

Virgo
/ (ˈvɜːɡəʊ) /

noun Latin genitive Virginis (ˈvɜːdʒɪnɪs)
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
astrology
  1. Also called: the Virgin the 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
adjective
Also called: Virgoan astrology born under or characteristic of Virgo

Word Origin for Virgo

C14: from Latin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for Virgo

Virgo
[ vûrgō ]

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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