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