a prominent N constellation between Lynx and Draco: it contains more than 50 visible stars, seven of which form the Big Dipper; the Great Bear or the Bear
Origin of Ursa MajorL, literally , great bear
A constellation in the region of the north celestial pole near Draco and Leo, containing the seven stars that form the Big Dipper. Also called Great Bear.
Origin of Ursa MajorMiddle English, from Latin Ursa Maior : ursa, she-bear, bear, feminine of ursus, bear; see ursine + maior, greater; see major.
From Latin ursa maior, the "greater bear"