the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Minor resembling a dipper in outline.
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This tall, horizontally branched cactus is probably the most recognizable cactus in Arizona. What is it called?
Also called Dipper.
Origin of Little Dipper
First recorded in 1835–45
Words nearby Little Dipper
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British Dictionary definitions for Little Dipper
the Little Dipper US and Canadian a small faint constellation, the brightest star of which is the Pole Star, lying 1° from the true celestial poleAlso known as: Ursa Minor, the Bear, the Little Bear
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Scientific definitions for Little Dipper
[ lĭt′l ]
An asterism composed of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Minor that form the outline of a dipper.
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