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

  • n. A double star in Auriga, the brightest star in the constellation, approximately 46 light-years from Earth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. : A bright double star in the constellation Auriga; Alpha (α) Aurigae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A brilliant star in the constellation Auriga.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A star, the fifth in the heavens in order of brightness.

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

  • n. the brightest star in Auriga
  • n. snipes

Etymologies

Latin, diminutive of caper, goat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin capella, "she-goat" or "kid" (Wiktionary)

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