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: (obsolete Britain) Charles' Wain, (obsolete USA) Drinking Gourd, (Asia) Northern Ladle, (obsolete) Northern Waggoner, (Britain) Plough, (obsolete Britain) Wain, Wagon, Great Wagon, Bandwagon, Saptarishi, Saucepan, triones


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