Ursa Minor

Ur·​sa Mi·​nor | \ ˌər-sə-ˈmī-nər How to pronounce Ursa Minor (audio) \

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

First Known Use of Ursa Minor

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ursa Minor

Latin (genitive Ursae Minoris), literally, lesser bear

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The first known use of Ursa Minor was in 1638

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“Ursa Minor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ursa%20Minor. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Ursa Minor

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

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