Ursa Minor

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noun Ursa Mi·nor \-ˈmī-nər\

Definition of Ursa Minor

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of ursa minor

Latin (genitive Ursae Minoris), literally, lesser bear


First Known Use: 1638


URSA MINOR Defined for English Language Learners

Ursa Minor

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noun Ursa Mi·nor \-ˈmī-nər\

Definition of Ursa Minor for English Language Learners

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


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