Charles's Wain


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Charles's Wain


[Middle English charleswen, Charles' (Charlemagne's) wain, probably reinterpreted from Old English carles wægn, churl's wain : carl, churl (from Old Norse karl) + wægn, wain; see wain.]

Charles's Wain

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n
(Celestial Objects) another name for the Plough
[Old English Carles wægn, from Carl Charlemagne + wægn wain]
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Noun1.Charles's Wain - a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa MajorCharles's Wain - a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major
Great Bear, Ursa Major - a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star
References in classic literature ?
Over the snow-covered roofs could be seen a decorated cross with chains, and above it the rising triangle of Charles's Wain with the yellowish light of Capella.
No little Gradgrind had ever known wonder on the subject, each little Gradgrind having at five years old dissected the Great Bear like a Professor Owen, and driven Charles's Wain like a locomotive engine-driver.