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Canis Major

[key-nis mey-jer]
noun, genitive Ca·nis Ma·jo·ris [key-nis muh-jawr-is, -johr-] /ˈkeɪ nɪs məˈdʒɔr ɪs, -ˈdʒoʊr-/. Astronomy.
  1. 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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Canis Major

noun Latin genitive Canis Majoris (məˈdʒɔːrɪs)
  1. a constellation in the S hemisphere close to Orion, containing Sirius, the brightest star in the skyAlso called: the Great Dog
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Word Origin

Latin: the greater dog
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canis major in Science

Canis Major

[kā′nĭs]
  1. 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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