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

  • n. A binary star in the constellation Canis Minor. Also called Dog Star.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Procyonidae — the raccoons.
  • proper n. A star in the constellation Canis Minor; Alpha (α) Canis Minoris. The eighth brightest star in the night sky.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A star of the first magnitude in the constellation Canis Minor, or the Little Dog.
  • n. A genus of mammals including the raccoon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ancient constellation: same as Canis Minor. See Canis.
  • n. The principal star of the constellation Canis Minor, the eighth brightest in the heavens.
  • n. In zoology, the typical genus of the family Procyonidæ, and the only genus of the subfamily Procyoninæ, founded by Storr in 1784, containing the racoons. See cut under racoon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the type genus of the family Procyonidae: raccoons
  • n. the brightest star in Canis Minor


Latin Procyōn, from Greek Prokuōn : pro-, before; see pro-2 + kuōn, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Procyōn, from Ancient Greek Προκύων (Prokuōn), from πρό (pro, "before") + κύων (kuōn, "dog"), in reference to it preceding the "Dog Star" Sirius. (Wiktionary)



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