noun, genitive Ca·nis Mi·no·ris [key-nis mahy-nawr-is, -nohr-] /ˈkeɪ nɪs maɪˈnɔr ɪs, -ˈnoʊr-/. Astronomy.
the Little or Lesser Dog, a small southern constellation west of Orion and south of Gemini, containing the bright star Procyon.
Origin of Canis Minor
< Latin: smaller dog
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noun Latin genitive Canis Minoris (maɪˈnɔːrɪs)
a small constellation in the N hemisphere close to Orion, containing the first magnitude star ProcyonAlso called: the Little Dog
Word Origin for Canis Minor
Latin: the lesser dog
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A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Hydra and the celestial equator. Canis Minor (the Lesser Dog) contains the bright star Procyon.
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