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

  • n. Greek Mythology A giant hunter, pursuer of the Pleiades and lover of Eos, killed by Artemis.
  • n. A constellation in the celestial equator near Gemini and Taurus, containing the stars Betelgeuse and Rigel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A giant-hunter, pursuer of the Pleiades and lover of Eos, and killed by Artemis.
  • proper n. A constellation on the celestial equator close to Gemini and Taurus, containing the stars Betelgeuse and Rigel.
  • proper n. A male given name of modern usage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large and bright constellation on the equator, between the stars Aldebaran and Sirius. It contains a remarkable nebula visible to the naked eye.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A constellation situated in the southern hemisphere with respect to the ecliptic, but the equinoctial crosses it nearly in the middle.
  • n. In entomology, a genus of cerambycid beetles, with two South American species, founded by Guérin in 1843.

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

  • n. a constellation on the equator to the east of Taurus; contains Betelgeuse and Rigel
  • n. (Greek mythology) a giant Boeotian hunter who pursued the Pleiades and was eventually slain by Artemis; was then placed in the sky as a constellation

Etymologies

Middle English Orioun, from Latin Ōrīōn, from Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English Orioun, from Latin Ōrīōn, from Ancient Greek Ὠρίων (Ōriōn), from Akkadian Uru-anna, 'heaven's light'. (Wiktionary)

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