• WordNet 3.6
    • n Rahu a Hindu demon who swallows the sun causing eclipses
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rahu rä′hōō in Hindu mythology, the demon who causes eclipses of sun and moon.
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In literature:

And the Sun, from the hour of his rising to that of setting, will be enveloped by Rahu.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Ah, moon, how is thy night like to the eclipse When Rahu swallows up the silver round!
"Hindu Literature" by Epiphanius Wilson
And from that time there is a long-standing quarrel between Rahu's head and Surya and Soma.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
The spot on the lunar disc hath changed its position; and Rahu also approacheth towards the sun.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Rahu, who causes eclipses by swallowing the sun, is only a nature deity of great might.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Rahu's head marks the ascending, Ketu, the tail, the descending node.
"The Astronomy of the Bible" by E. Walter Maunder