a very hot (35,000–100,000 K) and luminous star in the early stages of evolution, with broad emission lines in its spectrum.
- Also called W-R star.
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British Dictionary definitions for Wolf-Rayet star
any of a small class of very hot intensely luminous stars surrounded by a rapidly expanding envelope of gas
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