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  • proper n. A circumpolar constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a bear. It includes the familiar asterism the Little Dipper and, as part of it, the northern pole star Polaris.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the Little Bear, the constellation nearest the north pole. It contains the north star, or polestar, which is situated in the extremity of the tail.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star

Etymologies

From Latin ursa minor, the "lesser bear" (Wiktionary)

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