m a regulus


Marcus Atilius [uh-til-ee-uhs] , died 250? b.c, Roman general.
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regulus (ˈrɛɡjʊləs)
n , pl -luses, -li
impure metal forming beneath the slag during the smelting of ores
[C16: from Latin: a petty king, from rēx king; formerly used for antimony, because it combines readily with gold, thought of as the king of metals]

Regulus1 (ˈrɛɡjʊləs)
Marcus Atilius (ˈmɑːkəs əˈtɪlɪəs). died ?250 bc, Roman general; consul (267; 256). Captured by the Carthaginians in the First Punic War, he was sent to Rome on parole to deliver the enemy's peace terms, advised the Senate to refuse them, and was tortured to death on his return to Carthage

Regulus2 (ˈrɛɡjʊləs)
the brightest star in the constellation Leo. Visual magnitude: 1.3; spectral type: B8; distance: 69 light years

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"bright star in constellation Leo," 1559, from L., lit. "little king," dim. of rex "king;" probably a translation of Basiliskos "little king," a Hellenistic Gk. name for the star, mentioned in Geminos and Ptolemy (in the "Almagest," though elsewhere in his writings it is usually "the star on the heart
of Leo"); perhaps a translation of Lugal "king," the Babylonian name for the star.
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Regulus   (rěg'yə-ləs)  Pronunciation Key 
A bright triple star in the constellation Leo, with an apparent magnitude of 1.35. Scientific name: Alpha Leonis.
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