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Li·bra / ˈlēbrə/ 1. Astron. a small constellation (the Scales or Balance), said to represent the balance that is the symbol of justice. It contains no bright stars. ∎  [as genitive] (Librae / -ˌbrī; -ˌbrē/ ) used with a preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in this constellation: the star Alpha Librae. 2. Astrol. the seventh sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters at the northern autumnal equinox (about September 23). ∎  (a Libra) a person born when the sun is in this sign. DERIVATIVES: Li·bran n. & adj. (in sense 2).

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Libra (lē´brə, lī´–) [Lat.,=the scales], southern constellation lying on the ecliptic (the sun's apparent path through the heavens) between Virgo and Scorpius; it is one of the constellations of the zodiac. Sometimes depicted as a pair of scales, it is also known as the Balance. The ancient Greeks represented it as the claws of the Scorpion (Scorpius). Zubenelschemal (Beta Librae), which lies between Arcturus and Antares, is the only star observable by the naked eye that has been reported to appear greenish. Libra reaches its highest point in the evening sky in late June.

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li·bra / ˈlēbrə; ˈlī-/ • n. (pl. -brae / -ˌbrī; -ˌbrē/ ) (in ancient Rome) a unit of weight, equivalent to 12 ounces (0.34 kg). It was the forerunner of the pound.

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Libra the seventh sign of the zodiac, the Scales or Balance, which the sun enters at the northern autumnal equinox (about 23 September).