Al·​cor (ˈ)al-¦kȯr How to pronounce Alcor (audio)
: a faint star of the fourth magnitude that is located near Mizar in the handle of the Big Dipper
And it's at the bend of the Dipper's handle that an interesting object resides. Look here to spot a "double" star. These two are known by their proper names, Mizar, and its fainter companion, Alcor, also called the "horse and rider."Dennis Mammana, Newsday, 28 May 2011

called also 80 Ursae Majoris

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, perhaps borrowed from Arabic al-khawr "depression, gulf," a variant reading of the consonants in al-jawn literally, "black, black horse," a name for ε Ursae Minoris

First Known Use

1675, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alcor was in 1675

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“Alcor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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