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Big Dipper

noun, Astronomy
1.
the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Major resembling a dipper in outline.
Also called Dipper.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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British Dictionary definitions for Big Dipper

big dipper

noun
1.
(in amusement parks) a narrow railway with open carriages that run swiftly over a route of sharp curves and steep inclines Also called roller coaster

Big Dipper

noun
1.
the US and Canadian name for Plough
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Word Origin and History for Big Dipper
n.

American English name for the seven-star asterism (known in England as the plough; see Charles's Wain) in the constellation Ursa Major, first attested 1833 as simply the Dipper (sometimes Great Dipper, its companion constellation always being the Little Dipper). See dipper.

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Big Dipper in Science
Big Dipper  
An asterism composed of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Major. Four stars form the bowl and three form the handle in the outline of a dipper.
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Big Dipper in Culture

Big Dipper definition


A constellation in the northern sky. The two stars on the far end of the bowl of the dipper point toward the North Star. The Big Dipper is part of the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear).

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