Simple Definition of Ursa Major
: the group of stars in the northern sky that includes the stars that form the Big Dipper
Full Definition of Ursa Major
: a constellation that is the most conspicuous of the northern constellations, is situated near the north pole of the heavens, and contains the stars forming the Big Dipper two of which are in a line indicating the direction of the North Star —called also Great Bear
Origin of ursa major
Latin (genitive Ursae Majoris), literally, greater bear
First Known Use: circa 1627
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