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Bo·ö·tes

 (bō-ō′tēz)
n.
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Virgo and Canes Venatici, containing the bright star Arcturus. Boötes is one of the earliest recorded constellations.

[Latin Boōtēs, from Greek boōtēs, plowman, Boötes, from boōtein, to plow, from bous, ox; see gwou- in Indo-European roots.]
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Boötes

(bəʊˈəʊtiːz)
n, Latin genitive Boötis (bəʊˈəʊtɪs)
(Astronomy) 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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Bo•ö•tes

(boʊˈoʊ tiz)

n. gen. -tis (-tis).
a northern constellation containing the star Arcturus; Herdsman.
[1650–60; < Latin < Greek Boṓtēs literally, ox-driver]
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Bo·ö·tes

(bō-ō′tēz)
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Virgo and Corona Borealis. It contains the bright star Arcturus.
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Noun1.Bootes - a constellation in the northern hemisphere near Ursa Major
Arcturus - the 4th brightest star and the brightest star in the constellation Bootes; 36 light-years from Earth
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References in periodicals archive ?
Sometimes designating the constellation as Arctophylax, or "bear watcher," they usually called its brightest star Arcturus, which means "bear guard."
The name Bootes, however, is thought to mean "ox driver," and he was imagined to be the designated driver for the Big Dipper, which in ancient Greece and Rome was also known as "the Wagon." Aratus, who wrote Phaenomena, the oldest known Greek star guide, indicates, "Arctophylax, who men call Bootes, because he is just seen to be touching the wagon-like Bear," follows the Big Dipper.