American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A constellation in the northern sky near Boötes and Leo that contains a prominent cluster of galaxies and the north pole of the Milky Way. Also called Berenice's Hair.
- n. astronomy A small dim summer constellation of the northern sky, said to represent an offering of hair from Queen Berenice II of Egypt. Originally considered to represent the tuft of hair on the end of Leo's tail.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Astron.) a small constellation north of Virgo; -- called also
- n. a constellation in the northern hemisphere between Ursa Major and Bootes; contains a cluster of some 10,000 galaxies
- Named in antiquity after the hair of Queen Berenice II of Egypt. From Latin coma ("hair of the head") + Berenīcē, from Ancient Greek Κώμη Βερενίκης (Komē Berenikēs), from κώμη (kome) "hair" + Doric Greek Βερενίκη (Berenike) "bringer of victory" (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Coma Berenicēs, Berenice's hair : Latin coma, hair + Latin Berenicēs, genitive of Berenicē, Berenice (a queen of Egypt who promised her hair to Venus). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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