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Big Dipper,familiar configuration of stars visible in the constellation Ursa Major (see Ursa Major and Ursa MinorUrsa Major and Ursa Minor
[Lat.,=the great bear; the little bear], two conspicuous northern constellations. Known to many peoples from ancient times, these constellations have had various names; the configuration of the
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Big DipperUS name for the Plough.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006
Big Dipper[¦big ′dip·ər]
A group of stars that is part of the constellation Ursa Major. Also known as Charles' wain.
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