[ key-nis -mey-jer ]
/ ˈkeɪ nɪs ˈmeɪ dʒər /
noun, genitive Ca·nis Ma·jo·ris [key-nis muh-jawr-is, -johr-]. /ˈkeɪ nɪs məˈdʒɔr ɪs, -ˈdʒoʊr-/. Astronomy.
the Great Dog, a southern constellation between Puppis and Orion, containing Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest of the stars.
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Origin of Canis Major
<Latin: larger dog
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British Dictionary definitions for Canis Major
/ (ˈkeɪnɪs) /
noun Latin genitive Canis Majoris (məˈdʒɔːrɪs)
a constellation in the S hemisphere close to Orion, containing Sirius, the brightest star in the skyAlso called: the Great Dog
Word Origin for Canis Major
Latin: the greater dog
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Scientific definitions for Canis Major
[ kā′nĭs ]
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Orion. Canis Major (the Greater Dog) contains Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.
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