• Greek: arktos, bear; ouros, guardian


A bright star in the constellation Bootes, so called because it is near the constellation of the Great Bear. The name is mentioned, four times in the Vulgate and twice in the Authorized Version, the only common reference being in Job, 9. It is difficult to identify Hebrew names of stars, and though it may refer to the Great Bear, more probably Pleiades was intended.

MLA Citation

  • “Arcturus”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 November 2019. Web. 5 March 2021. <>