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Regulus Arcturus Black, younger brother of Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series, is a well-known, if fictional, bearer of this name.
-- Sophannagh  8/28/2009
Regulus is also Latin for "basilisk".
-- that one  8/12/2011
Regulus is a star in the Leo constellation. It's actually a system of four stars in two pairs. Regulus is among the brightest objects in the night sky, ranked 21st in brightness, and most of the light is generated by Regulus A, a blue-white main-sequence star orbited by what is probably a white dwarf.
-- humblebee  10/25/2011
There is an ongoing confusion regarding the names Regulus and Regula. Regulus is the diminutive form of rex, king, and therefore means "little king", hence the name for the bright star in the constellation Leo. The stars Regulus, Arcturus, and Spica form the "spring triangle". Regula sounds like the female variant of Regulus, but is not. It means rule (or ruler) and is the name of a rather unknown early medieval saint (at least unknown outside Zurich, Chur, and Andermatt – all places in Switzerland). In fact: could you imagine an early medieval martyrized christian saint who is called "little queen"? Rule (as in "regula sancti Benedicti" / the rule of St Benedict) is clearly more fitting. Brief: even if Regulus and Regula do sound like the two sides of the same coin, they are not. [noted -ed]
-- regula  10/18/2014

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