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spica

 [spi´kah]
a figure-of-8 bandage, with turns crossing each other.

ban·dage

(ban'dij), Avoid using this word in the incorrect sense of dressing.
1. A piece of cloth or other material, of varying shape and size, applied to a body part to provide compression, protect from external contamination, prevent drying, absorb drainage, prevent motion, and retain surgical dressings.
2. To cover a body part by application of a bandage.

spica

(spī′kə)
n. pl. spi·cae (-kē, -sē) or spi·cas
A bandage applied in overlapping opposite spirals to immobilize a digit or limb.
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As a fertility goddess, Nin-mah was accompanied in the sky by two of her icons: the Ear of Grain, represented by Alpha Virginis; and a Date Cluster represented by the Coma Berenices Star Cluster.
Forming a triangle with Arcturus--almost a "Northern Triangle" for our southern winter skies--are Spica (Alpha Virginis) at magnitude 1.0, just past the north-south meridian, and Altair (Alpha Aquilae) at magnitude 0.8, rising in the east.
Shining typically at magnitude 1.06, Antares is the 16th-brightest star in the night sky and ranks just after 0.98-magnitude Spica (Alpha Virginis).