noun \ˈbē-təl-ˌjüs, ˈbe-, -ˌjüz\

Definition of BETELGEUSE

:  a variable red supergiant star of the first magnitude near the eastern shoulder of Orion


French Bételgeuse, from Arabic bayt al-jawzā' Gemini, literally, the house of the twins (confused with Orion & Betelgeuse)
First Known Use: 1769


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(from Arabic bat al-dshauza, “the giant's shoulder”) Brightest star in the constellation Orion, marking the hunter's eastern shoulder. About 430 light-years from Earth, Betelgeuse is easily identifiable by its brightness, its position in brilliant Orion, and its deep reddish colour. It is a red supergiant star, one of the largest known; its diameter is roughly 500 times that of the Sun.


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