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Procyon

[proh-see-on]
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noun Astronomy.
  1. a first-magnitude star in the constellation Canis Minor.
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Origin of Procyon

1650–60; < Latin < Greek Prokýōn name of a star, equivalent to pro- pro-2 + kýōn dog (see hound1); so called because it rises just before Sirius, the Dog Star
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Historical Examples

  • I'm going to Procyon on the Valhalla at the end of this week.

    Starman's Quest

    Robert Silverberg

  • Canopus and Deneb, Rigel and Procyon, he would visit them all.

    Starman's Quest

    Robert Silverberg

  • And the Valhalla was still bound on its long journey to Procyon.

    Starman's Quest

    Robert Silverberg

  • The agouara (Procyon cancrivorus) is frequently met with in Mexico.

  • Another predicted one, belonging to Procyon, has not yet been seen.


British Dictionary definitions for procyon

Procyon

noun
  1. the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor, a binary with a very faint companion. Visual magnitude: 0.34; spectral type: F5IV; distance: 114 light years
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Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek Prokuōn literally: before the Dog, from pro- ² + kuōn dog; so named because it rises just before Sirius, the Dog Star
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Word Origin and History for procyon

Procyon

n.

bright star in constellation Canis Minoris, 1650s, from Latin, from Greek prokyon, from pro "before" (see pro-) + kyon "dog" (see canine (n.)); so called from its rising just before the "Dog Star," Sirius. By Roman astronomers, sometimes Latinized as Antecanis.

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procyon in Science

Procyon

[prōsē-ŏn′]
  1. A very bright binary star in the constellation Canis Minor, with an apparent magnitude of 0.34. Scientific name: Alpha Canis Minoris.
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