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Ursa Minor

noun Ursa Mi·nor \-ˈmī-nər\

: the group of stars in the northern sky that includes the stars that form the Little Dipper

Full Definition of URSA MINOR

:  a constellation that includes the north pole of the heavens and the stars which form the Little Dipper with the North Star at the tip of the handle —called also Little Bear
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Origin of URSA MINOR

Latin (genitive Ursae Minoris), literally, lesser bear
First Known Use: 1638

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