Definition of Rigel Kentaurus in English:

Rigel Kentaurus

(also Rigil Kentaurus)

Pronunciation /ˌrʌɪɡl kɛnˈtɔːrəs/ /ˌrʌɪdʒl kɛnˈtɔːrəs/

noun

Astronomy
  • The star α Centauri, a significant star of the southern sky.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Sherburne (d. 1702), translator and poet. From post-classical Latin Rigil Kentaurus from Arabic rijl qanṭūris foot of the centaur.