- Lit. 'hairy or long-haired star'. Most famously *Halley's comet in 1066, seen later as the ill-omen which preceded the Battle of Hastings . The phrase was also used in *ASC in 892 and 995. [< OldEngl. feax, fax = hair; still to be found in Fairfax and Halifax]
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.
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Comet — There are several comets mentioned in the *ASC. In the annal for 891, there is a reference to the star that men in book Latin call cometa . Another appeared in 975, at the time of a great famine. The most famous is *Halley s comet, which appeared … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases
Halley's comet — The appearance it is perhaps most famous for, that of 1066, is noted in *ASC, where it is referred to as the star called comet , as it had been when visible in 955; it was also called the long haired comet . Although the *Bayeux Tapestry shows… … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases