1. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Scorpius and Virgo. Also called Balance, Scales.
a. The seventh sign of the zodiac in astrology. Also called Balance, Scales.
b. pl. Li·bras One who is born under this sign.
[Middle English, from Latin Lībra, from lībra, balance, the constellation Libra.]
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