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A binary star in the constellation Canis Minor, approximately 11 light years from Earth. Also called Dog Star.
[Latin Procyōn, from Greek Prokuōn : pro-, before; see pro-2 + kuōn, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Celestial Objects) the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor, a binary with a very faint companion. Visual magnitude: 0.34; spectral type: F5IV; distance: 114 light years
[C17: via Latin from Greek Prokuōn literally: before the Dog, from pro-2 + kuōn dog; so named because it rises just before Sirius, the Dog Star]
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a first-magnitude star in the constellation Canis Minor.
[1650–60; < Latin < Greek Prokýōn=pro- pro-2 + kýōn dog (see hound); so called because it rises just before Sirius, the Dog Star]
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A very bright binary star in the constellation Canis Minor.
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|Noun||1.||Procyon - the brightest star in Canis Minor|
|2.||Procyon - the type genus of the family Procyonidae: raccoons|
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
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