Word Origin & History
bright southern star, 1555, from Gk. kanobos, perhaps from Egyptian Kahi Nub "golden earth." The association with "weight" found in the name of the star in some northern tongues may reflect the fact that it never rises far above the horizon in those latitudes. Also the name of a town in ancient Egypt,
hence canpoic jar, which often held the entrails of embalmed bodies.