Canis Minor

[ key-nis -mahy-ner ]
/ ˈkeɪ nɪs ˈmaɪ nər /

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for Canis Minor

Canis Minor

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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Scientific definitions for Canis Minor

Canis Minor

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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