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EtymologyEdit

From carles (peasant's) + wǣn (wagon).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɑrles ˈwæːn/

NounEdit

carles wǣn m

  1. the Big Dipper; the Great Bear, Ursa Major
    Carles wæn ne gæþ næfre adune under ðyssere eorþan, swa swa oðre tunglan doþ (De Natura Rerum)
    Carl’s Wain never goes under the earth as other constellations do

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