Canes Venatici

Ca·​nes Ve·​nat·​i·​ci | \ ˈkā-ˌnēz-və-ˈna-tə-ˌsī How to pronounce Canes Venatici (audio) \

Definition of Canes Venatici

: a northern constellation that is visible between the constellations of Boötes and Ursa Major and that is represented by the figures of dogs

Note: The dogs of Canes Venatici are usually pictured as being held on a leash by the figure of Boötes the Herdsman, the figure associated with the constellation Boötes.

About 640,000 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Canes Venatici, the galaxy is one of the most remote Milky Way satellites ever found.— Ron Cowen, Science News, 1 July 2006

First Known Use of Canes Venatici

1728, in the meaning defined above

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“Canes Venatici.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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