• WordNet 3.6
    • n Virgo the sixth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about August 23 to September 22
    • n Virgo a large zodiacal constellation on the equator; between Leo and Libra
    • n Virgo (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Virgo
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Virgo (Astron) A sign of the zodiac which the sun enters about the 21st of August, marked thus [♍] in almanacs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Virgo An ancient constellation and sign of the zodiac. The figure represents a winged woman in a robe holding a spike of grain in her left hand. One of the stars was called Vindemiatrix, or by the Greeks Protrygeter—that is, precursor of the vintage. At the time when the zodiac seems to have been formed, 2100 B.C., this star would first be seen at Babylon before sunrise about August 20th, or, since there is some evidence it was then brighter than it is now, perhaps a week earlier. This would seem too late for the vintage, so that perhaps this tradition is older than the zodiac. Virgo appears in the Egyptian zodiacs without wings, yet there seems no room to doubt that the figure was first meant for the winged Assyrian Astarte, especially as the sixth month in Accadian is called the “Errand of Istar.” The symbol of the zodiacal sign is ♍, where a resemblance to a wing may be seen. The constellation contains the white first-magnitude star Spica. See cut in next column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Virgo the Virgin, in the zodiac
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. virgo, a virgin, the constellation Virgo in the zodiac. See Virgin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O, Fr.,—L. virgo, virginis.


In literature:

Its evidence was that she was virgo intacta.
"She Stands Accused" by Victor MacClure
Poppaea, not finding the virgo magna, who with other vestals was at the house of Vatinius, returned soon to the Palatine.
"Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.
"England of My Heart--Spring" by Edward Hutton
Tot tibi sunt dotes virgo, quot sidera coelo.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Virgo purissima, Maris Stella.
"Monsieur Violet" by Frederick Marryat
Aqua Virgo, Roman aqueduct, description of, vii.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
The so-called "Diamond of Virgo," is clearly shown on this plate.
"A Field Book of the Stars" by William Tyler Olcott
Virgo purissima, Maris Stella.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
Virgoe, a latinization of Virgin, is perhaps due to a shop-sign.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Arctia Arge, A. virgo, A. phalerata and other species fly from the last of May through the summer.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard

In poetry:

Seraphim "Virgo fidelis."
Let me behold again all unafraid,
Fair Bethlehem and grey Egyptian sands,
Let me but see the spreading cedar's shade
Where once I hid in half-forgotten lands.
"Herod" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Cherubim "Sancta Virgo Virginum."
Let me behold a garden rich with fruit,
The pomegranate in shade of cypress trees,
Vines and wild honey, and the small bees' lute,
Where aromatic spices fill the breeze.
"Herod" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

Or mail to Debbie Pirkey, Virgo Publishing, PO Box 40079, Phoenix, AZ, 85067-0079.
I'm a Virgo, so I make lists.
What To Read Now, Virgo Edition.
National Pawn owner Bob Moulton is donating more than 100 instruments to the DC Virgo Academic Academy band program to help budding musicians.
New staff prepares to reopen revamped Virgo .
A new challenge awaits the students and teachers at DC Virgo Preparatory Academy.
GolinHarris to acquire Virgo Health.
Virgo will become part of the Interpublic-owned GolinHarris network, but will retain its name.
It's important that Virgos comfort themselves after long, über-productive days.
Trips to the hardware store are a frequent indulgence for Virgos .
Virgo Health PR has secured a global PR contract to promote Roche and GlaxoSmithKline's pre-launch osteoporosis pill Bonviva.
Virgo Health secures Bonviva global PR brief.
Mars, your ruler, con­tin­ues in Virgo, your career sec­tor, through July 2nd, ener­giz­ing your efforts at work.
Tell us about yourself…I am a Virgo, for all you astronomical, wonderful ladies out there.
During Friday's full moon , Virgo's (9 degrees) solar festival, Burning May, is in full swing in the Nevada desert.

In science:

The new redshift are presented in Section 4 along with the data on one interesting ob ject in the Virgo cluster.
Optical spectroscopy and the UV luminosity function of galaxies in the Abell 1367, Coma and Virgo clusters
McLaughlin & Cˆot´e (2003) consider a variety of possible analytic descriptions for the dark-matter density profile in M49/Virgo B.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
We have reported radial velocities for 196 GCs associated with M49, the brightest member of the Virgo cluster.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
Fig. 16.— Evidence from the motions of its globular clusters that M49/Virgo B must contain a massive dark halo.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
Along a different direction, results of a microlensing survey towards M87, where one can probe both the M87 and the Virgo cluster haloes, have also been presented8 .
Microlensing towards M31: candidates and perspectives