Ursa Major

Ur·​sa Ma·​jor | \ ˌər-sə-ˈmā-jər How to pronounce Ursa Major (audio) \

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

First Known Use of Ursa Major

circa 1627, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ursa Major

Latin (genitive Ursae Majoris), literally, greater bear

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The first known use of Ursa Major was circa 1627

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“Ursa Major.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ursa%20Major. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Ursa Major

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

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