Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A double star in the constellation Taurus, 68 light-years from Earth, and one of the brightest stars in the sky.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A binary star in the constellation Taurus; alpha (α) Tauri. An orange giant, 68 light years from Earth, and one of the brightest stars in the sky.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A red star of the first magnitude, situated in the eye of Taurus; the Bull's Eye. It is the bright star in the group called the Hyades.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chrome star of magnitude 1.0; a Tauri.
  • n. A chrome star of magnitude 1.0; a Tauri.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the brightest star in Taurus

Etymologies

Middle English Aldeboran, from Medieval Latin Aldebaran, from Arabic ad-dabarān : al-, the + dabarān, following (the Pleiades) (from dabara, to follow; see dpr in Semitic roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic الدبران (al-dabarān), meaning "the follower" (of the Pleiades) (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the eighth day, Ashtami tithi, of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Bhaadra in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini Nakshatra called Aldebaran in the West is ascendant.

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  • Once he actually called Aldebaran a red star, but Rugel either did not hear the slip or thought he was repeating what one of the

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  • For instance we know positively that the bright star called Aldebaran near the constellation of the Pleiades is retreating from us at a rate of almost two thousand miles a minute.

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  • The moon, Mars and a bright star called Aldebaran are putting on a great skywatching show this week.

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  • Don't confuse it with reddish Aldebaran, which is up and to Mercury's left.

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  • Shining at a magnitude of +1.1, this red colored planet will be near, but above the red star Aldebaran, which is about the same magnitude.

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  • Spica and Sirius; Type II, to the yellow stars similar to our Sun; Type III, to the red stars such as Aldebaran; and Type IV, to the extremely red stars, of which the brightest representatives are near the limit of naked-eye vision.

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  • Occultations of some bright stars, such as Aldebaran and Antares, can be observed by the naked eye; and yet more easily can those of the planets be seen.

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