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The spiral galaxy NGC 1672

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From Middle English galaxye, galaxie, from Old French galaxie, from Latin galaxias, from Ancient Greek γαλαξίας (galaxías, Milky Way), from γάλα (gála, milk).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡaləksi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡæləksi/
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galaxy (plural galaxies)

  1. (now rare) The Milky Way; the apparent band of concentrated stars which appears in the night sky over earth. [from 14th c.]
    • 1633, John Donne, "Sapho to Philænis":
      So may thy cheekes red outweare scarlet dye, / And their white, whitenesse of the Galaxie [...].
  2. (astronomy) Any of the collections of many millions or billions of stars, galactic dust, black holes, etc. existing as independent and coherent systems, of which there are billions in the known universe. [from 19th c.]
  3. (fashion, design) Any print or pattern reminiscent of a galaxy, generally consisting of blending, semiopaque patches of vibrant color on a dark background.
    • 2016, Reyna Young, Hanover Falls, page 42:
      Her walls and ceiling were covered with galaxy wallpaper; it was like stepping into space.
    • 2017, Rebekah L. Purdy, Incriminating Dating, unnumbered page:
      Her nerdy glasses sat perched on her face, and she wore a May the Force Be With You Tshirt with a black lace skirt, galaxy leggings, and a pair of white Star Wars Vans.
    • 2018, Isabel Scheck, Survival, page 15:
      She hurriedly said that she found an[sic] faded galaxy blanket. She loved galaxy patterned things.



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