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[boh-oh-teez] /boʊˈoʊ tiz/
noun, genitive Boötis
[boh-oh-tis] /boʊˈoʊ tɪs/ (Show IPA).
the Herdsman, a northern constellation between Ursa Major and Serpens, containing the bright star Arcturus.
Origin of Boötes
1650-60; < Latin < Greek Boṓtēs literally, ox-driver Unabridged
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  • The Benedictine monks wore bootes, I beleeve, like these—at least 1/2 bootes.

  • A merchant with a forked beard, "a Flandrish beaver hat, and bootes clasped fair and fetisly."

    Bygone London Frederick Ross
  • But all the yeare he wore a kind of bootes of Spanish leather, laced or tyed along the sides with black ribons.

  • Your lordshipp is learned as well as I (it is bootles & I should offer you the bootes), you knowing the Latine to expounde.

    Narcissus Unknown
  • Charles's Wain lay inverted in the northern horizon; bootes had driven his sparkling herd down the slope of the western sky.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • In 1652 a man was fined for excess of apparel "in bootes, rebonds, gould and silver lace."

  • A comet was first seen at Tewkesbury, England, near two small stars in the hand of bootes.

  • But neither the virgin of Tegea, nor the sword-bearing Orion, 906 the companion of bootes, will have to be beheld by thee.

  • bootes as 58a constellation is easily found if we remember that he is delineated as chasing away the Greater Bear.

    Half-hours with the Telescope Richard A. Proctor
  • It has always appeared to me, by the way, that bootes originally had nobler proportions than astronomers now assign to him.

    Half-hours with the Telescope Richard A. Proctor
British Dictionary definitions for bootes


noun (Latin genitive) Boötis (bəʊˈəʊtɪs)
a constellation in the N hemisphere lying near Ursa Major and containing the first magnitude star Arcturus
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek: ploughman, from boōtein to plough, from bous ox
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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bootes in Science
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Virgo and Corona Borealis. It contains the bright star Arcturus. Boötes (the Plowman or Herdsman) is one of the earliest recorded constellations.
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