Ursa Minor(redirected from Ursa Minor (constellation))
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A constellation having the shape of a ladle with Polaris at the tip of its handle. Also called Little Bear.
[Latin : ursa, she-bear, bear, feminine of ursus, bear; see ursine + minor, lesser; see minor.]
Ursa Minor(ˈɜːsə ˈmaɪnə)
n, Latin genitive Ursae Minoris (ˈɜːsiː mɪˈnɔːrɪs)
(Astronomy) a small faint constellation, the brightest star of which is the Pole Star, lying 1° from the true celestial pole. Also called: the Little Bear, the Bear or the Little Dipper (US and Canadian)
[Latin: lesser bear]
Ur•sa Mi•nor(ˈɜr sə ˈmaɪ nər)
n. gen. Ur•sae Mi•nor•is (ˈɜr si mɪˈnɔr ɪs, -ˈnoʊr-)
the Little or Lesser Bear, the northernmost constellation, containing the stars that form the Little Dipper, the outermost of which, at the end of the handle, is Polaris.
A ladle-shaped constellation very near the north celestial pole. It contains the seven stars that form the Little Dipper. Polaris, the North Star, is at the end of the dipper's handle.
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|Noun||1.||Ursa Minor - a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star|
Little Dipper, Dipper - a cluster of seven stars in Ursa Minor; at the end of the dipper's handle is Polaris