Word Origin & History
"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.