Canis-minor meaning

A constellation in the equatorial region of the Southern Hemisphere near Hydra and Monoceros, containing the star Procyon.
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A N constellation near Gemini and Cancer, containing the bright star Procyon; the Lesser Dog.
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A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Hydra and the celestial equator. Canis Minor (the Lesser Dog) contains the bright star Procyon.
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(astronomy) A small winter constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a dog following the hunter Orion. It is most notable for including the eighth brightest star in the night sky, Procyon.
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Origin of canis-minor

  • Latin canis dog minor smaller
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin canis minor, the "lesser dog"
    From Wiktionary