Algol variable


Definition of Algol variable

  1. :  a variable star with light variations resembling those of the binary star Algol

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Origin and Etymology of algol variable

from Algol, an eclipsing binary star, from Arabic al-ghūl, literally, the ghoul, ogre

First Known Use: 1887

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to cast off or become cast off

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