- the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Minor resembling a dipper in outline.
Origin of Little Dipper
First recorded in 1835–45
Also called Dipper.
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- 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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- An asterism composed of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Minor that form the outline of a dipper.
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