Quadrantids
/kwo dran"tidz/, n. (used with a pl. v.) Astron.
a collection of meteors comprising a meteor shower (Quadrantid meteor shower) visible around January 31 and having its apparent origin in the constellation Boötes.
[1875-80; < NL Quadrant- (s. of Quadrans, in Quadrans (Muralis) (mural) quadrant, obs. constellation name) + -ID1 + -S3]

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