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.

Origin of Canis Major

1
<Latin: larger dog

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British Dictionary definitions for Canis Major

Canis Major

/ (ˈkeɪnɪs) /


nounLatin genitive Canis Majoris (məˈdʒɔːrɪs)
  1. a constellation in the S hemisphere close to Orion, containing Sirius, the brightest star in the sky: Also called: the Great Dog

Origin of Canis Major

1
Latin: the greater dog

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Scientific definitions for Canis Major

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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