American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A constellation in the region of the north celestial pole near Draco and Leo, containing the seven stars that form the Big Dipper. Also called Great Bear.
- n. astronomy A large circumpolar constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a bear. It includes the familiar asterism the Big Dipper and the stars Mizar, Dubhe, and Alkaid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the Great Bear, one of the most conspicuous of the northern constellations. It is situated near the pole, and contains the stars which form the
Dipper, or Charles's Wain, two of which are the Pointers, or stars which point towards the North Star.
- n. a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star
- From Latin ursa maior, the "greater bear" (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin Ursa Māior : ursa, bear + māior, comparative of magnus, great. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The gruffness of Ursa Major should never be likened to that of the Sage of Chelsea.”
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