Definitions

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  • proper n. A large blue star in the constellation of Orion; Epsilon (ε) Orionis. It is one of the three stars that form Orion's Belt.

Etymologies

From Arabic النظام (an-niżām), related to the word نظم (nażm) "string of pearls" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The three bright stars are Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka.

    Orions Belt

  • “This is the Alnitak, next is the Alnilam, and finally the prestigious Mintaka award.”

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  • Red Betelgeuse, brilliant blue Rigel, Bellatrix and Saiph; Mintaka, Alnilam and Alniak in the hunter's belt.

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  • He published a chapter from Alnilam in Esquire magazine in early 1976—and got his face on the cover.

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  • There had been another novel about the war, Alnilam, which came out in 1987 and centered on the training in North Carolina.

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  • “What God does, we will,” Joel Cahill told his disciples in Alnilam.

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  • It was another decade before Alnilam was published, and Crux never developed further than those few dozen pages of notes I read twenty years later at Litchfield.

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  • Excerpts from Self-Interviews (1970), Sorties (1971), The Zodiac (1976), and Alnilam (1987), by James Dickey, reprinted with permission of Bantam Doubleday Dell.

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  • The three bright stars are Orion's Belt - Alnitak (left), Alnilam and Mintaka

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  • Toward the end of 1985, I heard that Jim Dickey had completed his long-awaited novel Alnilam, which I’d begun to think he intended to finish just enough to hold for posthumous publication, and I sent him a note of congratulations.

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