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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Boötes (Bo-o’-tees),
 
or the ox-driver, a constellation. According to ancient mythology, Boötes invented the plough, to which he yoked two oxen, and at death, being taken to heaven with his plough and oxen, was made a constellation. Homer calls it “the wagoner.”   1
       
“Wide o’er the spacious regions of the north,
That see Boötes urge his tardy wain.”
       
Thomson: Winter, 834–5.
 


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