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Plegadis autumnalis
plein air

Pleiades definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: (Greek mythology) 7 daughters of Atlas and half-sisters of the Hyades; placed among the stars to save them from the pursuit of Orion
2: a star cluster in the constellation Taurus

Merriam Webster's

noun plural Etymology: Latin, from Greek Date: 14th century 1. the seven daughters of Atlas turned into a group of stars in Greek mythology 2. a conspicuous cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus that includes six stars in the form of a very small dipper

Britannica Concise

Open cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, about 400 light-years from earth. It contains a large amount of bright nebulous material and several hundred stars, of which six or seven can be seen by the unaided eye and have figured prominently in the myths and literature of many cultures. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rising of the Pleiades near dawn in spring has from ancient times marked the opening, and their morning setting in autumn the end, of seafaring and farming seasons.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n.pl. a cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, usu. known as 'the Seven Sisters'. Etymology: ME f. L Ple{iuml}as f. Gk Pleias -ados

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Pleiades Ple"ia*des (?; 277), n. pl. [L., fr. Gr. (?)] 1. (Myth.) The seven daughters of Atlas and the nymph Pleione, fabled to have been made by Jupiter a constellation in the sky. 2. (Astron.) A group of small stars in the neck of the constellation Taurus. --Job xxxviii. 31. Note: Alcyone, the brightest of these, a star of the third magnitude, was considered by M["a]dler the central point around which our universe is revolving, but there is no sufficient evidence of such motion. Only six pleiads are distinctly visible to the naked eye, whence the ancients supposed that a sister had concealed herself out of shame for having loved a mortal, Sisyphus.

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Heb. kimah, "a cluster" (Job 9:9; 38:31; Amos 5:8, A.V., "seven stars;" R.V., "Pleiades"), a name given to the cluster of stars seen in the shoulder of the constellation Taurus.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

pli'-a-dez, ple'-ya-dez, ple'-a-dez.

See ASTROLOGY, 10; ASTRONOMY, sec. II, 10.

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