Ursa Major
noun Etymology: Latin (genitive Ursae Majoris), literally, greater bear Date: circa 1627 a constellation that is the most conspicuous of the northern constellations, is situated near the north pole of the heavens, and contains the stars forming the Big Dipper two of which are in a line indicating the direction of the North Star — called also Great Bear

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  • Ursa Major — Ursa Ur sa, n. [L. ursa a she bear, also, a constellation, fem. of ursus a bear. Cf. {Arctic}.] (Astron.) Either one of the Bears. See the Phrases below. [1913 Webster] {Ursa Major} [L.], the Great Bear, one of the most conspicuous of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ursa major — (lat.), der Große Bär, Ursa minor, der Kleine Bär, Sternbilder, s. Bär …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Ursa Major — [ʉr′sə] n. [L, lit., Great Bear] a prominent N constellation between Lynx and Draco: it contains more than 50 visible stars, seven of which form the Big Dipper; the Great Bear or the Bear …   English World dictionary

  • Ursa Major — This article is about the constellation. For other uses, see Ursa Major (disambiguation). Ursa Major Constellation List of stars in Ursa Major Abbreviation UMa …   Wikipedia

  • Ursa major — Grande Ourse Pour les articles homonymes, voir Grande Ourse (homonymie). Grande Ourse …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ursa Major — Daten des Sternbildes Großer Bär Deutscher Name Großer Bär, Großer Wagen Lateinischer Name Ursa Maior Lateinischer Genitiv Ursae Maioris Lateinische Abkürzung UMa Rektaszension 8 h 08m bis 14h 29m …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ursa major — Daten des Sternbildes Großer Bär Deutscher Name Großer Bär, Großer Wagen Lateinischer Name Ursa Maior Lateinischer Genitiv Ursae Maioris Lateinische Abkürzung UMa Rektaszension 8 h 08m bis 14h 29m …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ursa Major — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Ursa Major est un nom latin qui peut se rapporter à : Ursa Major, super héros des comics Marvel ; La Grande Ourse, l’une des 88 constellations.… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ursa Major — n. = the Great Bear (see BEAR(2)). Etymology: L, = greater bear * * * Ursa Major 7 [ˌɜːsə ˈmeɪdʒə(r)] [ˌɜːrsə] (also the ˌGreat ˈBear …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ursa Major — Bear Bear (b[^a]r), n. [OE. bere, AS. bera; akin to D. beer, OHG. bero, pero, G. b[ a]r, Icel. & Sw. bj[ o]rn, and possibly to L. fera wild beast, Gr. fh r beast, Skr. bhalla bear.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of the genus {Ursus},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ursa Major — noun 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. My father compounded …   Wiktionary

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