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Vega

Noun

1 prolific Spanish playwright (1562-1635) [syn: Lope de Vega, Lope Felix de Vega Carpio]
2 the brightest star in the constellation Lyra

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English

Etymology 1

From Medieval Latin < (wāqi‘, falling), from the expression (an-nasr al-wāqi‘, falling eagle). The active participle derives from the verb (wáqa‘a, to fall, drop, tumble, alight, pounce).

Proper noun

  1. The brightest star in the constellation Lyra; Alpha (α) Lyrae. It forms one corner of the Summer Triangle.
Translations

Etymology 2

From vega "meadow, fertile lowland" < pre-Roman Iberian vaica or baika (meadow) < Iberian ibai (river).

Proper noun

Vega (plural: Vegas)
  1. Hispanic surname and placename, usually preceded by la or de la in the singular, or by las or de las in the plural (e.g., Las Vegas).

Norwegian

Proper noun

Vega
  1. A municipality in Nordland, Norway
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