The brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, 24 light years from Earth.
[Arabic fam al-ḥūt, mouth of the fish, Fomalhaut : fam, mouth; see p in the Appendix of Semitic roots + al-, the + ḥūt, fish.]
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