Rigel

noun
Ri·gel | \ ˈrī-jəl , -gəl ; ˈri-jəl \

Definition of Rigel 

: a first-magnitude star in the left foot of the constellation Orion

First Known Use of Rigel

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Rigel

Arabic Rijl, literally, foot

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