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Definition: Aries from The Chambers Dictionary

the Ram, a constellation giving its name to, and formerly coinciding with, a sign of the zodiac (astron); the first sign of the zodiac, between Pisces and Taurus (astrol); a person born between 21 March and 20 April, under the sign of Aries (astrol; pl A'ries or A'rieses). [L ariēs, - etis ram]

■ A'rian or A'rien
n and adj

(relating to or characteristic of) a person born under the sign of Aries.

first point of Aries

the intersection of celestial equator and ecliptic passed by the sun in spring in the northern hemisphere, now actually in Pisces.


Summary Article: Aries from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

Zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere between Pisces and Taurus, near Auriga, represented as the legendary ram whose golden fleece was sought by Jason and the Argonauts.

Its most distinctive feature is a curve of three stars of decreasing brightness. The brightest of these is Hamal or Alpha Arietis, 65 light years from Earth.

The Sun passes through Aries from late April to mid-May. In astrology, the dates for Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, are between about 21 March and 19 April (see precession). The spring equinox once lay in Aries, but has now moved into Pisces through the effect of the Earth's precession (wobble).

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