Definitions

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

  • n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cygnus and Hercules and containing Vega.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A summer constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a lyre. It includes the bright star Vega and the Ring Nebula.
  • proper n. A female given name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A northern constellation, the Harp, containing a white star of the first magnitude, called Alpha Lyræ, or Vega.
  • n. The middle portion of the ventral surface of the fornix of the brain; -- so called from the arrangement of the lines with which it is marked in the human brain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ancient northern constellation, representing the lyre of Hermes or of Orpheus. Also called the Harp.
  • n. [lowercase; pl. lyræ (-rē).] In anatomy, a tract of the brain beneath the corpus callosum, on the under surface and between the divergent posterior pillars of the fornix.
  • n. In zoology: A genus of fishes.
  • n. A genus of brachiopods.
  • n. [lowercase] See lira.

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

  • n. a small constellation in the northern hemisphere near Cygnus and Draco; contains the star Vega

Etymologies

Latin, from lyra, lyre; see lyre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lyra, from Ancient Greek λύρα (lyra) a "lyre, the constellation Lyra" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This isn't Harry Potter stuff where adults actually listen to children; Lyra is berated again and again, talked down to, betrayed, you name it.

    Books in 2008, #10

  • Salvation will come only if Theron can win Lyra's trust — and her heart.

    OOTB Tour: Veiled Truth by Vivi Anna

  • Dakota Blue Richards, in particular, acts with skill beyond her years and proves a perfect choice for the bold, charming, and tomboyish heroine Lyra; as a result of her performance, Lyra is more three-dimensional here than she is in the novels, where she remains consistently, bemusingly, and frustratingly uninterested in the larger happenings around her.

    Movie Review: The Golden Compass

  • Lyra is too small to do much more than whap Sasha and run away, which she does rather frequently.

    WCB: All Over Archie

  • The "elder" meant is, according to some (in Lyra), Matthew.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • This little story is complex and nuanced, and I found it much more satisfying than “Lyra and the Birds”, the story in Lyra’s Oxford.

    Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman and Further Web Wanderings

  • “He can’t tell a lie,” Emmerich told me recently, “and [Lyra] is an expert liar.”

    How Hollywood Saved God

  • Lyra is the anti-Disney heroine: an unruly, unteachable orphan cared for by the university’s dons who spits and lies her way out of trouble.

    How Hollywood Saved God

  • Fans of the books may be wondering right now, where exactly the daemons are. for the unitiated, in Lyra’s universe, a person’s soul is embodied in a creature that remains forever bound to its human.

    ‘Compass’ Tops Box Office Over 25 Mil

  • However upon his revival, Hunt meets the mutant known as Lyra-a Mariette Hartley, whose people, the Tyranians plan to become rulers of the slowly recovering world.

    From the Dust Bin: Genesis II (TV)

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