from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bright-red intrinsic variable star, 527 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Orion.
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- proper n. A bright-red supergiant intrinsic variable star, the second brightest star in the constellation Orion; Alpha (α) Orionis. It is the tenth brightest star in the nighttime, and one of the largest stars known.
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- n. the second brightest star in Orion
French Bételgeuse, ultimately from Arabic yad al-jawzā' : yad, hand; see yd in Semitic roots + al-, the + jawzā', Gemini (later also used for Orion); perhaps akin to jawz, center, middle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from an alteration of the Arabic يد الجوزا yad al-jawzā ‘hand of the central one’, from يد ‘hand’ + جوزا ‘central one’. (Wiktionary)