Little Dipper

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Little Dipper

The seven bright stars that form the constellation Ursa Minor.
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Little Dipper

(Astronomy) the Little Dipper US and Canadian a small faint constellation, the brightest star of which is the Pole Star, lying 1° from the true celestial pole. Also known as: Ursa Minor, the Bear or the Little Bear
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Lit′tle Dip′per

the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Minor resembling a dipper in outline.
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Lit·tle Dipper

A group of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Minor that form the outline of a dipper.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Little Dipper - a cluster of seven stars in Ursa MinorLittle Dipper - a cluster of seven stars in Ursa Minor; at the end of the dipper's handle is Polaris
Little Bear, Ursa Minor - a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star
North Star, polar star, Polaris, pole star, polestar - the brightest star in Ursa Minor; at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper; the northern axis of the earth points toward it
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