One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a shower of meteors which appear to radiate from the constellation Boötes (in a part formerly regarded as a distinct constellation, Quadrans Muralis) in early January.
Designating this shower of meteors; of or relating to the Quadrantids.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in George F. Chambers (1841–1915). From post-classical Latin quadrant-, quadrans + -id, after Perseid.
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