Canes-venatici definition

kānēz vĭ-nătĭ-sī
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Ursa Major and Boötes, under the handle of the Big Dipper.
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(place, proper) A N constellation between Ursa Major and Boötes.
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(astronomy) A dim spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a pair of hunting dogs (Chara and Asterion) held on a leash by Boötes and following the bear Ursa Major.
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Origin of canes-venatici

  • Latin Canēs Vēnāticī canēs pl. of canis dog vēnāticī pl. of vēnāticus hunting

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Named by the astronomer Johannes Hevelius in 1687. From Latin canes venatici (literally: "dogs of hunting").

    From Wiktionary