Part of speech: verb
Origin: Late Latin, 17th century
To gather together in a cluster
To decorate with a constellation-like pattern
Examples of Constellate in a sentence
"The students liked to constellate near the flagpole every morning before class."
"As a child, I used to constellate my ceiling with glow-in-the-dark stars."
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Of our 88 modern identified constellations, Hydra is the largest. It occupies 1,303 square degrees and features over 100 visible stars. However, these stars are not constellated anywhere near Earth — the closest major star to Hydra is still 30 light-years away.
Did you Know?
The meaning behind constellate is all about being clustered together. Similarly, the stars in a constellation are clustered together — at least, that’s how they look from Earth.