Virgo

/verr"goh/, n., gen. Virginis /verr"jeuh nis/ for 1.
1. Astron. the Virgin, a zodiacal constellation between Leo and Libra, containing the bright star Spica.
2. Astrol.
a. the sixth sign of the zodiac: the mutable earth sign. See illus. under zodiac.
b. a person born under this sign, usually between August 23 and September 22.
[bef. 1000; ME, OE Virgo < L: maiden]

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(Latin; "Virgin" or "Maiden")

In astronomy, the constellation lying between Leo and Libra; in astrology, the sixth sign of the zodiac, governing approximately the period August 23–September 22.

Its symbol is a maiden carrying a sheaf of wheat. She has been identified with fertility goddesses such as Ishtar or with Persephone.
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(as used in expressions)
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 in astronomy, zodiacal constellation lying between Leo and Libra, at about 13 hours right ascension (the coordinate on the celestial sphere analogous to longitude on the Earth) and 2° south declination (angular distance south of the celestial equator). The constellation's brightest star, Spica (Alpha Virginis), is of the first magnitude.

      In astrology, Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac, considered as governing the period from about August 23 to about September 22. It is represented as a young maiden carrying a sheaf of wheat. She is variously identified as a fertility goddess (the Babylonian and Assyrian Ishtar, among others) or the harvest maiden (the Greek Persephone and others).

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