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noun
Libra, Librae  n.  (pl. librae)  (Astron.)
(a)
The Balance; the seventh sign in the zodiac, which the sun enters at the autumnal equinox in September.
(b)
A southern constellation between Virgo and Scorpio.






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"Libra" Quotes from Famous Books



... animals were born; stars of the crab, (Cancer,) when the sun, touching the tropic, returned backwards; stars of the wild goat, (Capricorn,) when the sun reached the highest point in his yearly track; stars of the balance, (Libra,) when days and nights were in equilibrium; stars of the scorpion, (Scorpio,) when periodical simooms burned like the venom of a scorpion; and so on ...
— The Destiny of the Soul - A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life • William Rounseville Alger

... of that they called banal, which was five cates; and the half of the cate they called soco. Consequently, these old weights having been adjusted to the Spanish weights by the regulations of the year 1727, one cale is equivalent to one libra, six onzas; one chinanta to thirteen libras, and twelve onzas; hence one quintal, of eighty of the old cates, corresponds to four arrobas and ten libras of our weight. A pico of one hundred cates is equivalent to five arrobas, twelve and one-half libras, in the new arrangement. As in the case of ...
— The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55 • Francisco Colin

... Virgo is Libra, which contains a few notable objects (map No. 10). The star alpha has a fifth-magnitude companion, distant about 230", which can be easily seen with an opera glass. At the point marked A on the map is a curious multiple star, sometimes referred to by its number ...
— Pleasures of the telescope • Garrett Serviss

... seen the motion of trepidation in the firmament of the fixed stars, called Aplanes, so that the middle Pleiade, leaving her fellows, declined towards the equinoctial, and the star named Spica left the constellation of the Virgin to withdraw herself towards the Balance, known by the name of Libra, which are cases very terrible, and matters so hard and difficult that astrologians cannot set their teeth in them; and indeed their teeth had been pretty long if ...
— Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete. • Francois Rabelais

... for a child of the gypsies not to know that. But I can guess. You were born under the sign of Libra. ...
— King Arthur's Socks and Other Village Plays • Floyd Dell

... of the curious entries which we occasionally find conveys much remarkable information. Sometimes, in the days of astrology, in order to assist in casting the nativity, it is recorded that at the time of the child's birth "the sun was in Libra," or "in Taurus." Gipsies were evidently numerous in the sixteenth century, as we constantly find references to "the roguish AEgyptians." The domestic jester finds his record in the entry: "1580. March 21, William, fool ...
— English Villages • P. H. Ditchfield



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