Origin of the name DENEB.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name DENEB.
From the name of a star, from
Arabic dhanab, meaning "the tail."
ARABIC NAMES OF STARS (8th S.
xii. 143, 317).—A long list of stars may be found in the 'Orient Guide,'
fourth edition, and a shorter one in the fifth edition. Col.
Prideaux's "edh" puzzles me. He objects to Mr. Wilson's
using German forms, so he himself uses French forms. Here are
translations made directly from the Arabic in English forms:—
"Deneb," or "al Deneb," the tail.
"Algol," properly "al ghol," the
horror; the sphinx is called "Abu al ghol," the father of
"Denebola" is a corruption of "Deneb al
Asad," the lion's tail.
"Dejaj," in Egyptian Arabic "dagag,"
means a fowl.
"Altair," the eagle, or any flying
bird. "Gibel al Tair" occurs in many places as well as
"Betelgeuse," or "Betelgeux," is a
corruption of "beyt al agus," the old man's home. The star
was supposed by Arab travellers to rise over their old home in
Arabia. In Egypt only the feminine form of "agus" is used.
"Fom al haut," the fish's mouth.
"Rigol," or "Rijl," means a
leg. Our "wriggle" is by some derived from it. W.J. LOFTIE.
(Notes & Queries, v.12, 1897)