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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.
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The original meaning of the Sumerian word ab-sm was "furrow": The Sumerians thought of the ecliptic as a celestial plow-furrow and our Alpha Virginis as a seed-grain planted in in it.
Referring to his various albums, we chose seven stars - Sigma Librae, Spica, Alpha Virginis, Zeta Centauri, SAA 204 132, and the Beta Sigma Octantis Trianguli Australis - in the vicinity of Mars, Mollet said.
The bright white magnitude one star alpha Virginis, better known as Spica, is said to represent the germ of the wheat grain.