Alphard

noun
Al·​phard | \ ˈal-ˌfärd How to pronounce Alphard (audio) \

Definition of Alphard

astronomy
: an orange star of the second magnitude that is the brightest star in the constellation Hydra Hydra is actually the largest constellation. Despite its size, it has only one bright star named Alphard. It can be found over in the southwest sky all by itself—hence the name, which in Arabic means “the solitary one.” — Kevin D. Conod, The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), 17 May 2011

called also Alpha Hydrae

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First Known Use of Alphard

1546, in the meaning defined above

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“Alphard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Alphard. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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