Ursa Major
  • (GA) IPA: /ˌɝsə ˈmeɪdʒɚ/
Proper noun
  1. (constellation) A large circumpolar constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a bear. It includes the familiar asterism the Big Dipper and the stars Mizar, Dubhe, and Alkaid.
    • 1605Shakespeare, King Lear, i 2
      My father compounded with my mother under the dragon's tail, and my nativity was under ursa major.
Related terms Translations
  • French: Grande Ourse
  • German: Großer Bär
  • Italian: Orsa maggiore
  • Portuguese: Ursa Maior
  • Russian: Больша́я Медве́дица
  • Spanish: Osa Mayor

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