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[pur-see-id] /ˈpɜr si ɪd/

noun, Astronomy.
any of a shower of meteors appearing in August and radiating from a point in the constellation Perseus.
any member of a meteor shower occurring annually around August 12th and appearing to radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus

meteor from an annual shower that appears to radiate from the constellation Perseus, 1867, from Modern Latin Perseides (plural), from Greek Perseis “daughter of Perseus” (see Perseus; also see -id). The name might have been introduced in English via the writings of Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli. Other recorded old names for them in English include August meteors and Tears of St. Lawrence.


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