Betelgeuse

noun
Be·​tel·​geuse | \ ˈbē-tᵊl-ˌjüs How to pronounce Betelgeuse (audio) , ˈbe-, -ˌjüz How to pronounce Betelgeuse (audio) \

Definition of Betelgeuse

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

First Known Use of Betelgeuse

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Betelgeuse

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

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“Betelgeuse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Betelgeuse. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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