Canes Venatici love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Ursa Major and Boötes, under the handle of the Big Dipper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A dim spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a pair of hunting dogs (Chara and Asterion) held on a leash by Boötes and following the bear Ursa Major.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hunting dogs or hounds, Asterion and Cleara, a modern constellation formed by Hevelius between Boötes and Ursa Major.


Latin Canēs Vēnāticī : canēs, pl. of canis, dog + vēnāticī, pl. of vēnāticus, hunting.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named by the astronomer Johannes Hevelius in 1687. From Latin canes venatici (literally: "dogs of hunting") (Wiktionary)


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