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Job 38:32  Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

(A) Treated as plural. The twelve signs of the zodiac. (b) With singular concord. The star Sirius; (also) the constellation Canis Major (which contains Sirius). Also (occasionally) applied to other individual stars or constellations. Now rare.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in The Bible and Holy Scriptures. From Hebrew mazzārōṯ, plural of mazzār constellation, zodiac (only Job 38:32 in plural), probably variant of mazzāl star.

The Hebrew “Mazzaroth” has nothing to do with astrology. Rather, it is a tool that uses the stars to tell a story.

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