Lyra(redirected from Lira (constellation))
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A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cygnus and Hercules and containing Vega.
[Latin, from lyra, lyre; see lyre.]
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n, Latin genitive Lyrae (ˈlaɪəriː)
(Astronomy) a small constellation in the N hemisphere lying near Cygnus and Draco and containing the star Vega, an eclipsing binary (Beta Lyrae), a planetary nebula (the Ring Nebula), and a variable star, RR Lyrae
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n., gen. -rae (-ri)
the Lyre, a northern constellation between Cygnus and Hercules, containing the bright star Vega.
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A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Cygnus and Hercules.
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