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  • proper n. A star in the constellation of Ursa Major, the east-most star of the Plough


From Arabic القائد البنات النعش (al-qā’id al-banāt an-na‘sh) ‘the leader of the girls at the bier’, from قائد ‘leader’ + بنات plural of بنت ‘girl’ + نعش ‘bier’. With reference to the mourners at the funeral of Calypso (who became the Great Bear). (Wiktionary)


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