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Charles's Wain definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major [syn: Big Dipper, Dipper, Plough, Charles's Wain, Wain, Wagon]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Charlemagne Date: before 12th century Big Dipper

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. the constellation Ursa Major or its seven bright stars. Also called PLOUGH. Etymology: OE Carles wægn the wain of Carl (Charles the Great, Charlemagne), perh. by assoc. of the star Arcturus with legends of King Arthur and Charlemagne

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Dipper Dip"per, n. 1. One who, or that which, dips; especially, a vessel used to dip water or other liquid; a ladle. 2. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small grebe; the dabchick. (b) The buffel duck. (c) The water ouzel (Cinolus aquaticus) of Europe. (d) The American dipper or ouzel (Cinclus Mexicanus). The Dipper (Astron.), the seven principal stars in the constellation of the Great Bear; popularly so called from their arrangement in the form of a dipper; -- called also Charles's Wain. See Ursa Major, under Ursa.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Charles's Wain Charles's Wain [Charles + wain; cf. AS. Carles w?n (for w[ae]gn), Sw. karlvagnen, Dan. karlsvogn. See Churl, and Wain.] (Astron.) The group of seven stars, commonly called the Dipper, in the constellation Ursa Major, or Great Bear. See Ursa major, under Ursa. Note: The name is sometimes also applied to the Constellation.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

The Great Bear, Ursa Major, The Wain, The Cleaver, The Dipper.


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