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)