Ursa Major

Ursa Major

[ur-suh mey-jer]
noun, genitive Ursae Majoris [ur-see muh-jawr-is, -johr-] . Astronomy.
the Great bear, the most prominent northern constellation, containing the seven stars that form the Big Dipper.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English

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Ursa Major (ˈɜːsə ˈmeɪdʒə)
 
n , Latin genitive Ursae Majoris
the Great Bear, Also called: the Bear an extensive conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere, visible north of latitude 40°. The seven brightest stars form the Plough. A line through the two brightest stars points to the Pole Star lying in Ursa Minor
 
[Latin: greater bear]

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Ursa Major   (ûr'sə)  Pronunciation Key 
A constellation in the polar region of the Northern Hemisphere near Draco and Leo. Ursa Major (the Great Bear) contains the seven stars that form the Big Dipper.
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Ursa Major [(ur-suh)]

A constellation; the Great Bear. (See Big Dipper.)

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