- the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Major resembling a dipper in outline.
Origin of Big Dipper
First recorded in 1865–70
Also called Dipper.
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- the US and Canadian name for Plough
- (in amusement parks) a narrow railway with open carriages that run swiftly over a route of sharp curves and steep inclinesAlso called: roller coaster
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Word Origin and History for big dipper
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- An asterism composed of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Major. Four stars form the bowl and three form the handle in the outline of a dipper.
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