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Are there any words that use w as a vowel?“Cwm” (a steep-walled semicircular basin in a mountain, sometimes containing a lake; a cirque) and “crwth” (an ancient Celtic musical instrument), both from the Welsh, use w as a vowel – standing for the same sound that oo stands for in boom and booth. “Crwth” is also spelled “crowd.” However, in words like “low” and “bow,” one can make a good case that the letter w represents a vowel. Both of these words end …
[woo lf-rahy-ey; French vawlf-ra-ye]
a very hot (35,000–100,000 K) and luminous star in the early stages of evolution, with broad emission lines in its spectrum.
Origin of Wolf-Rayet star
1885–90; after French astronomers Charles J. E. Wolf (1827–1918) and Georges Rayet (1839–1906)
Also called W-R star.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
any of a small class of very hot intensely luminous stars surrounded by a rapidly expanding envelope of gas
Word Origin for Wolf-Rayet star
C19: named after Charles Wolf (1827–1918) and Georges Rayet (1839–1906), French astronomers
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