- Astronomy. a first-magnitude star in the constellation Carina: the second brightest star in the heavens.
- an ancient seacoast city in Lower Egypt, 15 miles (24 km) E of Alexandria.
Examples from the Web for canopus
The Canopus was never in the action at all, being 150 miles astern.
They then reasoned that these were the guns of the Canopus—a critical and fatal error.
Canopus and Deneb, Rigel and Procyon, he would visit them all.Starman's Quest
The Canopus had her instructions, however, and there was no drawing back.
He then signalled by wireless to the Canopus, 'I am going to attack enemy now'.
- the brightest star in the constellation Carina and the second brightest star in the sky. Visual magnitude: -0.7; spectral type: F0II; distance: 313 light years
- a port in ancient Egypt east of Alexandria where granite monuments have been found inscribed with the name of Rameses II and written in languages similar to those of the Rosetta stone
Word Origin and History for canopus
bright southern star, 1550s, ultimately from Greek Kanopos, Kanobos perhaps from Egyptian Kahi Nub "golden earth." The association with "weight" found in the name of the star in some northern tongues may reflect the fact that it never rises far above the horizon in those latitudes. Also the name of a town in ancient lower Egypt (famous for its temple of Serapis), hence canopic jar, canopic vase, which often held the entrails of embalmed bodies (1878).