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Ursa Minor

[ur-suh mahy-ner] /ˈɜr sə ˈmaɪ nər/
noun, genitive Ursae Minoris
[ur-see mi-nawr-is, -nohr-] /ˈɜr si mɪˈnɔr ɪs, -ˈnoʊr-/ (Show IPA).
the Little or Lesser Bear, the northernmost constellation, containing the stars that form the Little Dipper, the outermost of which, at the end of the handle, is Polaris.
Origin of Ursa Minor
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Ursa Minor
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  • Ursa Minor, the Lesser Bear, an inconspicuous constellation, the pole-star forming the tip of the tail.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • Ursa Minor contains the pole-star, which is shown in the extremity of the tail of the bear.

    The Ruins C. F. [Constantin Francois de] Volney
  • The observer will note the uncomfortable position of Ursa Minor, attached to the pole by the end of its long tail.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass Garrett Putman Serviss
  • He also associates god C with the constellation of Ursa Minor.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for Ursa Minor

Ursa Minor

/ˈɜːsə ˈmaɪnə/
noun (Latin genitive) Ursae Minoris (ˈɜːsiː mɪˈnɔːrɪs)
a small faint constellation, the brightest star of which is the Pole Star, lying 1° from the true celestial pole Also called the Little Bear, the Bear, (US and Canadian) the Little Dipper
Word Origin
Latin: lesser bear
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Ursa Minor in Science
Ursa Minor  
A ladle-shaped constellation very near the north celestial pole. Ursa Minor (the Lesser Bear) contains the seven stars that form the Little Dipper. Polaris, the North Star, is at the end of the dipper's handle.
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Ursa Minor in Culture

Ursa Minor definition

The Little Bear or Little Dipper; the constellation that contains the North Star (Polaris).

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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