mao3 - one of the 28 constellations (the Pleiades)
xiu4 - a constellation; an asterism; [pced][¤Ñ] an ancient term for constellation
liu4 - six
This word has links to Greek mythology and astronomy.
In Greek mythology (see link at the right), Alcyone was one of the daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Alcyone and her six sisters are commemorated in the star cluster Pleiades (see astronomy link at right).
This word gives an example of star-naming conventions in Chinese - mao3xiu4 number 6.
December 30, 1998
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