Bo·​ö·​tes bō-ˈō-tēz How to pronounce Boötes (audio)
: a northern constellation containing the bright star Arcturus

Examples of Boötes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The constellation will appear as a small, semicircular arc between the more widely recognizable constellations of Hercules and Bootes. Denise Chow, NBC News, 22 Mar. 2024 The organization says the constellation is now obsolete and references shifted to the nearby Bootes constellation. Susan Miers Smith, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Jan. 2024 Generally speaking, this one is currently visible in the northern sky in the evening, and is near the constellation Bootes. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, 23 Jan. 2023

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Word History


Latin (genitive Boötis), from Greek Boōtēs, literally, plowman, from bous head of cattle — more at cow

First Known Use

1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Boötes was in 1656

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“Boötes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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Bo·​ö·​tes bō-ˈōt-ēz How to pronounce Boötes (audio)
: a northern group of stars including the bright star Arcturus

Greek Boōtēs, literally, "plowman"

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