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Ursa Major

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noun Ur·sa Ma·jor \ˌər-sə-ˈmā-jər\

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

  1. :  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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