Great Bear


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Great Bear

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Great Bear

n
(Astronomy) the Great Bear the English name for Ursa Major
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Great′ Bear′


n.
the constellation Ursa Major.
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Noun1.Great Bear - a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North StarGreat Bear - a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star
Big Dipper, Charles's Wain, Plough, Wain, Wagon, Dipper - a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major
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References in classic literature ?
Over his head Levin made out the stars of the Great Bear and lost them again.
1: (2) The Great Bear.] -- Hesiod says she (Callisto) was the daughter of Lycaon and lived in Arcadia.
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.
They seemed actually suspended from the dark vault of heaven, and their gentle light shed a fairylike gleam over the snow-fields around the foot of the Matterhorn, which raised its stupendous pinnacle on high, penetrating to the heart of the Great Bear, and crowning itself with a diadem of his magnificent stars.
He looked to the south and knew that somewhere beyond those bleak hills lay the Great Bear Lake; also, he knew that in that direction the Arctic Circle cut its forbidding way across the Canadian Barrens.
Slowly he backed away from the door toward a corner, where with his back against a wall and a table at his right, he might die as he had lived, fighting; for Norman of Torn knew that he could hope for no quarter from the men who had him cornered there like a great bear in a trap.
I would sooner wrestle with the great bear of Navarre."
He wasn't afraid (though putting himself the question as he believed gentlemen on Bengal tiger-shoots or in close quarters with the great bear of the Rockies had been known to confess to having put it); and this indeed - since here at least he might be frank!
As he came for me, like a great bear, I ducked again beneath his outstretched arm, and as I came up planted as clean a blow upon his jaw as ever you have seen.
In this, however, I was quite evidently in error, for the great bear stood with his nose not a foot from the blaze, which was now low, owing to the fact that I had been so occupied with my lesson and my teacher that I had neglected to replenish it.
Kotuko insisted that the tornaq of the stone had told him to go north, and north they went under Tuktuqdjung the Reindeer--those stars that we call the Great Bear.
Presently, with two great bears dogging our footsteps we entered a dense fog,