ursae minoris

Ursa Minor

[ur-suh mahy-ner]
noun, genitive Ursae Minoris [ur-see mi-nawr-is, -nohr-] . Astronomy.
the Little or Lesser bear, the northernmost constellation, containing the stars that form the Little Dipper, the outermost of which, at the end of the handle, is Polaris.

Origin:
1590–1600

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Ursa Minor (ˈɜːsə ˈmaɪnə)
 
n , Latin genitive Ursae Minoris
the Little Bear, the Bear, Also called: the Little Dipper a small faint constellation, the brightest star of which is the Pole Star, lying 1° from the true celestial pole
 
[Latin: lesser bear]

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Ursa Minor  
A ladle-shaped constellation very near the north celestial pole. Ursa Minor (the Lesser Bear) contains the seven stars that form the Little Dipper. Polaris, the North Star, is at the end of the dipper's handle.
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Ursa Minor definition


The Little Bear or Little Dipper; the constellation that contains the North Star (Polaris).

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