Definition of Abell in English:

Abell

noun

Astronomy
  • 1With following numeral: any of certain galaxy clusters distinguished by their richness (i.e. the number and density of galaxies in their central regions) and listed by Abell in his catalogue.

  • 2Attributive and in the possessive. Designating rich galaxy clusters listed in Abell's catalogue; relating to such clusters. Frequently in Abell cluster.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in Astrophysical Journal. From the name of George Ogden Abell, U.S. astronomer, who compiled a catalogue of clusters of galaxies, published in 1958.

Pronunciation:

Abell

/ˈeɪbl/