Betelgeuse

noun Be·tel·geuse \ ˈbē-tᵊl-ˌjüs , ˈbe- , -ˌjüz \

Definition of Betelgeuse

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

Origin and Etymology of betelgeuse

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


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