July 12, 2016
- galaxy (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : Milky Way galaxy2 : one of billions of systems of stars, gas, and dust that make up the universe
- How do you use it?
- Jaden visited the local university's telescope, where she was able to view stars in a galaxy located millions of miles from earth.
- Are you a word wiz?
Though "galaxy" refers to stars in the heavens, its Greek root word, "gala," refers to something more earthbound. What do you think "gala" means?"Galaxy" comes from the Greek word for "milk." Long ago people noticed the whitish band of stars and gas that runs through our galaxy and gives it a milky appearance. The white color inspired not only the word "galaxy," but the name "Milky Way." The earliest known uses in English of both "galaxy" and "Milky Way" appear in a poem written sometime before 1385 by Geoffrey Chaucer, who is most famous for _The Canterbury Tales_. In Modern English, the line reads, "See yonder, lo, the galaxy, which they call the Milky Way, because it is white." "Galaxy" wasn't used for other star systems, milky-looking or not, until the 19th century.