Algol variable


Definition of Algol variable

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

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First Known Use of Algol variable

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Algol variable

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

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“Algol variable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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