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Spi·ca

 (spī′kə)
n.
A spectroscopic binary star, 245 light years from Earth, one of the brightest stars in the sky and the brightest star in the constellation Virgo.

[Latin Spīca, from spīca, ear of grain.]

spi·ca

 (spī′kə)
n. pl. spi·cae (-kē, -sē) or spi·cas
A bandage applied in overlapping opposite spirals to immobilize a digit or limb.

[Latin spīca, ear of grain (from its shape).]

spica

(ˈspaɪkə)
n, pl -cae (-siː) or -cas
1. (Medicine) med a spiral bandage formed by a series of overlapping figure-of-eight turns
2. (Botany) botany another word for spike21
[C15: from Latin: ear of corn]

Spica

(ˈspiːkə)
n
(Astronomy) the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. Distance: 260 light years

spi•ca

(ˈspaɪ kə)

n., pl. -cae (-sē), -cas for 1,2.
2. a type of bandage in the shape of a figure eight, extending from an extremity to the trunk.
3. (cap.) a first-magnitude star in the constellation Virgo.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin spīca literally, ear of grain; compare spike2]

Spi·ca

(spī′kə)
A bright binary star in the constellation Virgo.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Spica - the brightest star in Virgo
Virgo - a large zodiacal constellation on the equator; between Leo and Libra
Translations

spi·ca

n. espica, tipo de vendaje.
References in periodicals archive ?
The bright white magnitude one star alpha Virginis, better known as Spica, is said to represent the germ of the wheat grain.
The name derived from his breeding, as he was by Grand Colours out of Alpha Virginis.