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Canis Major

[key-nis mey-jer] /ˈkeɪ nɪs ˈmeɪ dʒər/
noun, genitive Canis Majoris
[key-nis muh-jawr-is, -johr-] /ˈkeɪ nɪs məˈdʒɔr ɪs, -ˈdʒoʊr-/ (Show IPA).
the Great Dog, a southern constellation between Puppis and Orion, containing Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest of the stars.
Origin of Canis Major
< Latin: larger dog Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There are a number of bright stars in the constellation of Canis Major.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • Canis Major lies southeast of Orion, and is distinguished chiefly by its containing the largest of the fixed stars, Sirius.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
  • Just below the star η, in Canis Major, is another fine group.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass Garrett Putman Serviss
  • On doing which we find, after all, they are not much more like sheep than Canis Major is like a dog.

  • He made up openly to Canis Major and was shortly on what might almost be considered terms of affection with Venus.

  • Remember the time they had with those awful five-legged things from Canis Major?

  • Sirius, with a few other stars of much less lustre, form the constellation of Canis Major.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
British Dictionary definitions for Canis Major

Canis Major

noun (Latin genitive) Canis Majoris (məˈdʒɔːrɪs)
a constellation in the S hemisphere close to Orion, containing Sirius, the brightest star in the sky Also called the Great Dog
Word Origin
Latin: the greater dog
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Canis Major in Science
Canis Major
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Orion. Canis Major (the Greater Dog) contains Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.
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