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

Ras Alhague

\ˈräs-al-ˈhä-gwē, -ˈhā-ˌgyü, -ˈhāg\

Definition of Rasalhague


  1. :  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 Mammana, Copley News Service, 14 Sept. 2007 —called also Alpha Ophiuchi

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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”

First Known Use: 1780

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