Albireo

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Arabic, via misunderstandings and mistranslations. The name of the star was originally منقار الدجاجة (minqār al-dajāja, the hen's beak). Latin scholars misunderstood the name to come from a kind of herb, and translated it into ab ireo ("from ireus"). Later, people considered it as a misprint of an Arabic term, and transcribed it as al-bireo.

Proper noun[edit]

Albireo

  1. (astronomy) A binary star in the constellation Cygnus; Beta (β) Cygni.

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