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Constellate

[kän(t)-stə-ˌlāt]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Late Latin, 17th century

1.

To gather together in a cluster

2.

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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About Constellate

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.

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