Mar·​kab | \ ˈmär-ˌkab How to pronounce Markab (audio) \

Definition of Markab

: 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. Nicholson, Christian Science Monitor, 26 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 Ash, Seattle Times, 7 Oct. 2010

called also Alpha Pegasi

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1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Markab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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