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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.]
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).]
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]
(Astronomy) the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. Distance: 260 light years
n., pl. -cae (-sē), -cas for 1,2.
1. spike 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]
A bright binary star in the constellation Virgo.
n. espica, tipo de vendaje.