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Ursa Major

[ur-suh mey-jer] /ˈɜr sə ˈmeɪ dʒər/
noun, genitive Ursae Majoris
[ur-see muh-jawr-is, -johr-] /ˈɜr si məˈdʒɔr ɪs, -ˈdʒoʊr-/ (Show IPA).
Astronomy.
1.
the Great Bear, the most prominent northern constellation, containing the seven stars that form the Big Dipper.
Origin of Ursa Major
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400
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Examples from the Web for Ursa Major
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  • Mr. Lach-Szyrma conjectures that the seven stars are the stars of Ursa Major.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • This is not, like Ursa Major, or like Cassiopeia, said to be "circumpolar."

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • Then will Ursa Major, as seen from the earth, be entirely changed.

    The Life Radiant

    Lilian Whiting
  • It is a coincidence, which we note, that Ursa Major is called by them the bear.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • In Ursa Major, the pointers; they never go down because they are not setters.

    The Handbook of Conundrums Edith B. Ordway
  • In 1763 Boswell made his acquaintance and visited Ursa Major in his den.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • The principal stars composing it are very bright and unmistakable as the constellation of Ursa Major.

  • We navigated four months and twenty-seven days, seeing neither the arctic pole nor Ursa Major or Minor.

    Amerigo Vespucci Frederick A. Ober
  • Ursa Major growled and finished his sentence, more expressive than refined, in an unknown tongue.

    Nestleton Magna J. Jackson Wray
  • Ursa Major” warmed to him, though perfectly conscious that Fitz was anything but a star of the first magnitude.

British Dictionary definitions for Ursa Major

Ursa Major

/ˈɜːsə ˈmeɪdʒə/
noun (Latin genitive) Ursae Majoris (ˈɜːsiː məˈdʒɔːrɪs)
1.
an extensive conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere, visible north of latitude 40°. The seven brightest stars form the Plough. A line through the two brightest stars points to the Pole Star lying in Ursa Minor Also called the Great Bear, the Bear
Word Origin
Latin: greater bear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Ursa Major in Science
Ursa Major
  (ûr'sə)   
A constellation in the polar region of the Northern Hemisphere near Draco and Leo. Ursa Major (the Great Bear) contains the seven stars that form the Big Dipper.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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Ursa Major in Culture
Ursa Major [(ur-suh)]

A constellation; the Great Bear. (See Big Dipper.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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