Ursa Major

noun (1)
Ur·​sa Ma·​jor | \ ˌər-sə-ˈmā-jər How to pronounce Ursa Major (audio) \

Definition of Ursa Major

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Ursa Minor

noun (2)
Ur·​sa Mi·​nor | \ ˌər-sə-ˈmī-nər How to pronounce Ursa Minor (audio) \

Definition of Ursa Minor (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 Major

Noun (1)

circa 1627, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ursa Major

Noun (1)

Latin (genitive Ursae Majoris), literally, greater bear

Noun (2)

Latin (genitive Ursae Minoris), literally, lesser bear

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Ursa Major

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Ursa Major

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Ursa Minor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Ursa Minor (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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