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

  • n. A spectroscopic binary star, 245 light-years from Earth, one of the brightest stars in the sky and the brightest star in the constellation Virgo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A binary star in the constellation Virgo; alpha (α) Virginis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of bandage passing, by successive turns and crosses, from an extremity to the trunk; -- so called from its resemblance to a spike of a barley.
  • n. A star of the first magnitude situated in the constellation Virgo.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a spike.
  • n. In surgery, a spiral bandage with reversed turns: so named because it was thought to resemble a spike of barley.
  • n. In ornithology, a spur; a calcar.
  • n. In astronomy, a very white star of magnitude 1.2, the sixteenth in order of brightness in the heavens, a Virginis, situated on the left hand of the Virgin.

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

  • n. the brightest star in Virgo

Etymologies

Latin Spīca, from spīca, ear of grain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin spīca virginis "Virgo's ear of grain" (Wiktionary)

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