Wolf–Rayet star

noun Wolf–Ra·yet star \¦wu̇lfrīˈā-\

Definition of Wolf–Rayet star

  1. :  any of a class of stars whose spectra are characterized by very broad bright lines especially of helium, carbon, nitrogen, and sometimes hydrogen that indicate very hot unstable stars

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Origin and Etymology of wolf–rayet star

after Charles Wolf †1918 & Georges Rayet †1906 French astronomers


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