American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Ursa Major and Boötes, under the handle of the Big Dipper.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The hunting dogs or hounds, Asterion and Cleara, a modern constellation formed by Hevelius between Boötes and Ursa Major.
- Named by the astronomer Johannes Hevelius in 1687. From Latin canes venatici (literally: "dogs of hunting") (Wiktionary)
- Latin Canēs Vēnāticī : canēs, pl. of canis, dog + vēnāticī, pl. of vēnāticus, hunting. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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