Wolf-Rayet star

Wolf-Ra·​yet star | \ ¦wu̇lfrīˈā- \

Definition of Wolf-Rayet star

: 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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History and Etymology for Wolf-Rayet star

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

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“Wolf-Rayet star.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wolf-Rayet%20star. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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