Definition of Ursa Major in US English:

Ursa Major

proper noun

  • 1One of the largest and most prominent northern constellations (the Great Bear). The seven brightest stars form a familiar asterism known by various names (especially the Big Dipper and the Plow) and include the Pointers.

    1. 1.1as genitive Ursae Majoris /ˈərsē məˈjôris/ Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the constellation Ursa Major.
      ‘the star Delta Ursae Majoris’


Latin, from the story in Greek mythology that the nymph Callisto was turned into a bear and placed as a constellation in the heavens by Zeus.


Ursa Major

/ˌərsə ˈmājər//ˌərsə ˈmeɪdʒər/