from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A star in the constellation Leo, approximately 43 light-years from Earth.

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  • proper n. Beta Leonis, the second-brightest star in the constellation of Leo.

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  • n. a star in Leo approximately 43 light years from Earth


From shortening of Arabic ḏanab al-'asad, tail of the lion : ḏanab, tail; see ḏnb in Semitic roots + al-, the + 'asad, lion; see אšd in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Arabic ذنب الاسد (dhanab al-’asad, "the lion's tail"), from ذنب ("tail") + اسد ("lion"). (Wiktionary)



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