Pronounced Pron. ahl-DEB-ə-rahn, ahl-DEB-ə-rən, Ahl-deb-ren
Other Forms FormsAldebarán (Spanish), Au-de-bah-rã (Portuguese), Al-deh-bah-rhan (French)
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Contributor Contrib.Adhara Desom on 7/15/2008
Derived from Arabic الدبران (al-Dabarān) meaning "follower" (from دبر (dábar) "to turn one's back"). This is the name of the brightest star in the constellation Taurus, presumably so named because it appears to follow the Pleiades rightward across the night sky. The apocryphal Book of Enoch describes Aldebaran as a fallen angel, who attempted to seduce an Assyrian queen in the form of a bull.