Rasalhague

noun Ras·al·ha·gue
variants: or less commonly Ras Alhague \ˈräs-al-ˈhä-gwē, -ˈhā-ˌgyü, -ˈhāg\

Definition of Rasalhague

astronomy
:a white star of the second magnitude that is the brightest star in the constellation Ophiuchus
  • Ophiuchus is believed to represent Aesculapius, the ancient god of health and healing, and its brightest star is named Rasalhague, which appropriately is Arabic for “Head of the Snake Charmer.”
  • —Dennis MammanaCopley News Service14 Sept. 2007
called also Alpha Ophiuchi

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of rasalhague

borrowed from New Latin, going back to Medieval Latin Rasalauge, Rasalhauge, borrowed from Arabic ra’s al-ḥawwā’, literally, “head of the snake charmer”


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Rasalhague? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to suppress quietly or indirectly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!