- n. astronomy 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star
- From Latin ursa minor, the "lesser bear" (Wiktionary)
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