Perseid

noun

Per·​se·​id ˈpər-sē-əd How to pronounce Perseid (audio)
: any of a group of meteors that appear annually about August 11

Word History

Etymology

Latin Perseus; from their appearing to radiate from a point in Perseus

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Perseid was in 1871

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Cite this Entry

“Perseid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Perseid. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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