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regulus

[reg-yuh-luh s] /ˈrɛg yə ləs/
noun, plural reguluses, reguli
[reg-yuh-lahy] /ˈrɛg yəˌlaɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. a first magnitude star in the constellation Leo.
2.
Metallurgy.
  1. the metallic mass that forms beneath the slag at the bottom of the crucible or furnace in smelting ores.
  2. an impure intermediate product obtained in smelting ores.
Origin of regulus
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin rēgulus literally, little king (diminutive of rēx); in early chemistry, antimony, so called because it readily combines with gold (the king of metals); see -ule

Regulus

[reg-yuh-luh s] /ˈrɛg yə ləs/
noun
1.
Marcus Atilius
[uh-til-ee-uh s] /əˈtɪl i əs/ (Show IPA),
died 250? b.c, Roman general.
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Examples from the Web for regulus
Historical Examples
  • Latitude of camp 26 degrees 42 minutes 43 seconds by regulus.

  • Our intention, it must be confessed, however, was to seize the regulus in the confusion.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The same decision was made, as to the whole eight of us, that had come on in the regulus.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • He was saved and carried on board the 'regulus' by the intrepidity of young Dill.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • Mr. regulus thought with Dr. Harlowe, that it was a pity I was not at school.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • "It must not be thought of at present," she answered, speaking to Mr. regulus.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • "I think I can intercede with Mr. regulus to release you," said Mrs. Linwood.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • During this sportive encounter, Mr. regulus came up to greet me.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • Who would dream of any one sporting with such a man as Mr. regulus?

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • "Then you did not come on purpose for me, Mr. regulus," said Madge, with a saucy smile.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
British Dictionary definitions for regulus

regulus

/ˈrɛɡjʊləs/
noun (pl) -luses, -li (-ˌlaɪ)
1.
impure metal forming beneath the slag during the smelting of ores
Derived Forms
reguline, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: a petty king, from rēx king; formerly used for antimony, because it combines readily with gold, thought of as the king of metals

Regulus1

/ˈrɛɡjʊləs/
noun
1.
Marcus Atilius (ˈmɑːkəs əˈtɪlɪəs). died ?250 bc, Roman general; consul (267; 256). Captured by the Carthaginians in the First Punic War, he was sent to Rome on parole to deliver the enemy's peace terms, advised the Senate to refuse them, and was tortured to death on his return to Carthage

Regulus2

/ˈrɛɡjʊləs/
noun
1.
the brightest star in the constellation Leo. Visual magnitude: 1.3; spectral type: B8; distance: 69 light years
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Word Origin and History for regulus

Regulus

n.

bright star in constellation Leo, 1550s, Modern Latin, apparently first so-called by Copernicus, literally "little king," diminutive of rex "king;" probably a translation of Basiliskos "little king," a Hellenistic Greek name for the star, mentioned in Geminos and Ptolemy (in the "Almagest," though elsewhere in his writings it is usually "the star on the heart of Leo"); perhaps a translation of Lugal "king," said to have been the star's Babylonian name. Klein holds it to be a corruption of Arabic rijl (al-asad) "paw of the lion" (cf. Rigel).

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regulus in Science
Regulus
  (rěg'yə-ləs)   
A bright triple star in the constellation Leo, with an apparent magnitude of 1.35. Scientific name: Alpha Leonis.
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