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Ursa Major

[ur-suh mey-jer]
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noun, genitive Ur·sae Ma·jor·is [ur-see muh-jawr-is, -johr-] /ˈɜr si məˈdʒɔr ɪs, -ˈdʒoʊr-/. Astronomy.
  1. the Great Bear, the most prominent northern constellation, containing the seven stars that form the Big Dipper.

Origin of Ursa Major

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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British Dictionary definitions for ursa major

Ursa Major

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 MinorAlso called: the Great Bear, the Bear

Word Origin

Latin: greater bear
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ursa major in Science

Ursa Major

[ûrsə]
  1. 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.
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ursa major in Culture

Ursa Major

[(ur-suh)]

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

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