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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Algol \Al"gol\, n. [Ar. al-gh[=u]l destruction, calamity, fr.
     gh[=a]la to take suddenly, destroy.] (Astron.)
     A fixed star, in Medusa's head, in the constellation Perseus,
     remarkable for its periodic variation in brightness.
     [1913 Webster]

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