Canis-major meaning

kānĭs, kănĭs
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Puppis and Lepus, containing the star Sirius.
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A S constellation between Monoceros and Columba, containing the bright star Sirius; the Greater Dog.
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A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Orion. Canis Major (the Greater Dog) contains Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.
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(astronomy) A winter constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a dog following the hunter Orion. It includes the brightest star in the night sky Sirius, which is appropriately known as the Dog Star.
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Origin of canis-major

  • Latin Canis Māior canis dog māior larger

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

  • From Latin canis maior (“(the) greater dog”).

    From Wiktionary