Alkaid

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).

Proper noun[edit]

Alkaid

  1. (astronomy) A star in the constellation of Ursa Major, the east-most star of the Plough

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