- 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
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Examples from the Web for bootes
The Benedictine monks wore bootes, I beleeve, like these—at least 1/2 bootes.Brief Lives (Vol. 2 of 2)
A merchant with a forked beard, "a Flandrish beaver hat, and bootes clasped fair and fetisly."Bygone London
But all the yeare he wore a kind of bootes of Spanish leather, laced or tyed along the sides with black ribons.Brief Lives (Vol. 1 of 2)
Your lordshipp is learned as well as I (it is bootles & I should offer you the bootes), you knowing the Latine to expounde.Narcissus
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
- a constellation in the N hemisphere lying near Ursa Major and containing the first magnitude star Arcturus
C17: via Latin from Greek: ploughman, from boōtein to plough, from bous ox
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- 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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