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1. A constellation of the northern hemisphere, dominated by the bright star Arcturus which is represented by a herdsman driving a bear (Ursa Major) around the pole.

Arcturus, or Alpha Boötes, is about 37 light-years from earth. The herdsman is assisted by the neighboring Canes Venatici, "the Hunting Dogs".

2. Etymology: from the Mid-16th century from Latin which came from Greek boōtēs, "plowman, Boötes"; from bous, "ox" + ōthein, "to push".
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