Main definitions of andromeda in English

: andromeda1Andromeda2

andromeda1

noun

  • An evergreen shrub of the heath family, typically with clusters of small bell-like flowers.

    Two genera in the family Ericaceae: several species, including the bog rosemary (Andromeda glaucophylla and A. polifolia) of north temperate regions, and the widely cultivated Japanese andromeda (Pieris japonica)

    ‘Where there is enough room, andromeda forms a tall natural screen in sun or shade, eventually growing twelve-fifteen-feet tall and eight-foot across.’
    • ‘There, the pathogen readily attacked a mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia ‘Madeline’), mountain andromeda, dusty zenobia, and the common nursery rhododendron ‘Nova Zembla.’’
    • ‘S. takeyai is an alien species in North America, first reported on Pieris japonica (Japanese andromeda) at Greenwich, Connecticut in 1946.’

Pronunciation

andromeda

/anˈdrämədə/ /ænˈdrɑmədə/

Main definitions of Andromeda in English

: andromeda1Andromeda2

Andromeda2

proper noun

  • 1Greek Mythology
    An Ethiopian princess whose mother Cassiopeia boasted that she herself (or, in some stories, her daughter) was more beautiful than the Nereids. In revenge Poseidon sent a sea monster to ravage the country; to placate him Andromeda was fastened to a rock and exposed to the monster, from which she was rescued by Perseus.

  • 2Astronomy
    A large northern constellation between Perseus and Pegasus, with few bright stars. It is chiefly notable for the Andromeda Galaxy (or Great Nebula of Andromeda), a conspicuous spiral galaxy probably twice as massive as our own and located two million light years away.

Pronunciation

Andromeda

/anˈdrämədə/ /ænˈdrɑmədə/

adjective

(also Andromedae)
Astronomy
postpositive
  • Used with preceding Greek letter or numeral to designate a star in the constellation Andromeda.

    • ‘the star Gamma Andromedae’

Pronunciation

Andromeda

/anˈdrämədə/ /ænˈdrɑmədə/

Origin

Latin, from Greek. Andromedae is the Latin genitive form of the name Andromeda.