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- n. Plural form of trione.
- n. The seven principal stars in the constellation Ursa Major
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In astronomy, a name sometimes given to the seven principal stars in the constellation Ursa Major, popularly called Charles's Wain.
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The sun and moon refer to the family name, while the _triones_ are an allusion to the surname.
The obverse has the head of Apollo; the reverse, the crescent moon and seven stars, or rather _triones_ -- the constellation of the Ursa Major.
Other mentions of the constellation at _Met_ X 446-47 'inter ... triones/flexerat obliquo plaustrum temone Bootes', _Tr_ III iv b 1-2 (47-48), III x 3-4 &
The Great Bear circled in those days much more closely round the pole than it now does; its typical northern character survives in the Latin word septentrio (from septem triones, the seven stars of the Wain); and Schiaparelli concludes from the dual form of mezarim, that the Jews, like the Phoenicians, were acquainted with the Little, as well as with the Great, Bear.
Sometimes our ancestors called them the Seven Oxen, the "oxen of the celestial pastures," from which the word septentrion (_septem triones_, seven oxen of labor) is derived.
Injidas enim a verbo findere deriuat, vnde bifidus et fimllia; terere interpfetatnr arare, vnde boues funt triones.
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