Markab

noun Mar·kab \ ˈmär-ˌkab \

Definition of Markab

astronomy
: a blue-white star of the second magnitude that is the third brightest star in the constellation Pegasus
  • Full moon occurs in the early morning, and at night the moon moves below Pegasus. Early in the morning, it is below the western (right-hand) edge of the Square of Pegasus, with the stars Markab and Scheat above it and Fomalhaut … below it.
  • —Thomas D. NicholsonChristian Science Monitor26 Aug. 1982
  • This is part of a constellation the body of the winged horse Pegasus, who has the dubious distinction of being upside down with his neck and head stretching west from Markab, the southwestern star of the four.
  • —Rodney AshSeattle Times7 Oct. 2010
called also Alpha Pegasi

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First Known Use of markab

1805


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