El·​nath | \ ˈel-ˌnath How to pronounce Elnath (audio) \
variants: or less commonly El Nath \ ˈel-​ˈnath How to pronounce El Nath (audio) \ or Alnath \ ˈal-​ˌnath How to pronounce Alnath (audio) \

Definition of Elnath

: a blue-white star of the second magnitude that is the second brightest star in the constellation Taurus There's a medium-bright reddish star on the lower rung of the arrow called Aldebaran, which is supposed to be the ruddy eye of the bull. You can extend the rungs of the arrow to the far left to reach the end of the beast's horns. One of the horns ends up at Elnath, technically part of Taurus but also one of the stars in the lopsided pentagon that makes up Auriga, the charioteer.— Mike Lynch, Saint Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press, 18 Dec. 2003

called also Beta Tauri

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First Known Use of Elnath

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Elnath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Elnath. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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