Capella

noun
Ca·​pel·​la | \ kə-ˈpe-lə How to pronounce Capella (audio) \

Definition of Capella

: a star of the first magnitude in Auriga

First Known Use of Capella

1674, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Capella

Latin, literally, she-goat, from caper he-goat — more at capriole

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“Capella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Capella. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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