One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The constellation Phoenix. Chiefly as postpositive, designating a star of this constellation.
The amino acid phenylalanine.
1920s; earliest use found in Transactions of the International Astronomical Union. Shortened from Phoenix, Phoenicis, originally as graphic abbreviation<br>1940s. Shortened from phenylalanine, as graphic abbreviation.
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