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Ursa Major

[ur-suh mey-jer] /ˈɜr sə ˈmeɪ dʒər/
noun, genitive Ursae Majoris
[ur-see muh-jawr-is, -johr-] /ˈɜr si məˈdʒɔr ɪs, -ˈdʒoʊr-/ (Show IPA).
the Great Bear, the most prominent northern constellation, containing the seven stars that form the Big Dipper.
Origin of Ursa Major
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
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Ursa Major

/ˈɜːsə ˈmeɪdʒə/
noun (Latin genitive) Ursae Majoris (ˈɜːsiː məˈdʒɔːrɪs)
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 Also called the Great Bear, the Bear
Word Origin
Latin: greater bear
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Ursa Major
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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