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  • noun a constellation in the northern hemisphere near Ursa Major


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  • "... in astronomy, the name of a constellation in the northern hemisphere, containing 54 stars in Flamstead's sic; John Flamsteed's catalogue, and 64 in the catalogue published in the Tables de Berlin; one of which ... is called Arcturus."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 52

    October 12, 2008