Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The brightest star in the constellation Ursa Major, approximately 123 light years from Earth. It is one of the seven stars that form the Big Dipper and aligns with Merak to point to Polaris.

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  • proper noun astronomy A multiple star in the constellation of Ursa Major and part of the Plough; Alpha (α) Ursae Majoris.

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin, from Arabic ẓahr al-dubb al-’akbar, the back of the Great Bear, from dubb, bear; see dbb in Semitic roots.]

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From the Arabic phrase الظهر الدبّ الاكبر (aƶ-ƶahr ad-dubb al-ākbar) ‘the back of the great bear’, from ظهر ‘back’ + دب ‘bear’ + اكبر ‘great’.

Examples

  • The nearer of the two stars that help to form this famous Dipper and that point toward Polaris, is called Dubhe by our astronomers.

    Life in a Thousand Worlds

  • Last month Homa Shojaie's show was truly challenging and inspiring, and this evening Dan Giordan's exhibit makes a powerful statement, made from materials tyvek or paper towels that literally and figuratively resonate with his content, in a show called Dubhe Carreno, Melissa Weber's work resembles a reincarnated Ruth Duckworth, with elegant, formal, quiet, beautiful porcelain sculptures and wall pieces.

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  • At Dubhe Carreno, Melissa Weber's work resembles a reincarnated Ruth Duckworth, with elegant, formal, quiet, beautiful porcelain sculptures and wall pieces.

    Paul Klein: Innovative Art Exhibits Opening This Weekend

  • At Dubhe Carreno, Melissa Weber's work resembles a reincarnated Ruth Duckworth, with elegant, formal, quiet, beautiful porcelain sculptures and wall pieces.

    Paul Klein: Innovative Art Exhibits Opening This Weekend

  • At Dubhe Carreno, Melissa Weber's work resembles a reincarnated Ruth Duckworth, with elegant, formal, quiet, beautiful porcelain sculptures and wall pieces.

    Paul Klein: Innovative Art Exhibits Opening This Weekend

  • At Dubhe Carreno, Melissa Weber's work resembles a reincarnated Ruth Duckworth, with elegant, formal, quiet, beautiful porcelain sculptures and wall pieces.

    Paul Klein: Innovative Art Exhibits Opening This Weekend

  • According to Wikipedia, The Ursa Major Moving Group was discovered in 1869 by Richard A. Proctor, who noticed that, except for Dubhe and Alkaid, the stars of the Big Dipper asterism all have proper motions heading towards a common point in Sagittarius.

    Extra Star Found in the Big Dipper | Universe Today

  • Dubhe has a tender, almost pure, respect for and love of art.

    Paul Klein: The Opening of the Fall Art Season; Chicago Art is Kicking

  • Dubhe says things that are really just all around over the top, he says them all over the place, not just in the Den, and he gets away with it in large part because of his connection with bb– because she gives him room to say them and space to say them.

    Link Farm and Open Thread #11

  • What happens around bb and Dubhe matters to me because they do identify as radical feminists and what they write and do affects all the rest of us who identify that way.

    Link Farm and Open Thread #11

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