Definition of Ursa Major in English:

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Ursa Major

Pronunciation: /ˌəːsə ˈmeɪdʒə/
Astronomy
One of the largest and most prominent northern constellations (the Great Bear). The seven brightest stars form a familiar formation variously called the Plough, Big Dipper, or Charles’s Wain, and include the Pointers.

Origin

Latin, from the story in Greek mythology that the nymph Callisto was turned into a bear and placed as a constellation in the heavens by Zeus.

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