Big Dipper

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Big Dipper

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Big Dipper

  1. (astronomy, especially US) A bright circumpolar asterism of the northern sky, said to resemble a ladle or cart. It is part of the constellation Ursa Major and includes the stars Mizar, Dubhe, and Alkaid. [from 1845] The other stars in it are Alioth, Megrez, Merak, and Phecda.
    Synonyms: Charles' Wain (obsolete Britain), Drinking Gourd (obsolete USA), Northern Ladle (Asia), Northern Waggoner (obsolete), Plough (Britain), Wain (obsolete Britain), Wagon, Great Wagon, Bandwagon, Saptarishi, Saucepan, triones


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