Origin of Arcturus
Examples from the Web for arcturus
By meridian altitude of Arcturus, camp is in latitude 31 degrees 34 minutes 28 seconds South.Explorations in Australia|John Forrest
He placed the little detective in the focus of a telescope and turned it on Arcturus.
The next group, to which Capella and Arcturus belong, is also very numerous, and forms the solar type of stars.Man's Place in the Universe|Alfred R. Wallace
Been computing the orbit of the wreckage of the Arcturus around Jupiter.Spacehounds of IPC|Edward Elmer Smith
Years ago, in a time when we were very mad wags, Arcturus and myself met a gentleman from China who knew the language.Roundabout Papers|William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for arcturus
Word Origin for Arcturus
Word Origin and History for arcturus
late 14c., bright star in the constellation Bootes (also used of the whole constellation), from Latin Arcturus, from Greek Arktouros; anciently associated with the Bear, and its name is Greek for "guardian of the bear." See arctic; second element is from ouros "watcher, guardian, ward" (see warrant (n.)).
Arcturus in the Bible (Job ix:9 and xxxviii:32) is a mistranslation by Jerome (continued in KJV) of Hebrew 'Ayish, which actually refers to the "bowl" of the Big Dipper. In Israel and Arabia, the seven stars of the Great Bear seem to have been a bier (the "bowl") followed by three mourners. In the Septuagint it was translated as Pleiada, which is equally incorrect. The double nature of the great bear/wagon (see Big Dipper) has given two different names to the constellation that follows it: Arktouros "bear-ward" and bootes "the wagoner."