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  • proper n. : A bright circumpolar asterism of the northern sky, said to resemble a large bear. It is part of the constellation Ursa Major and includes the stars Mizar, Dubhe, and Alkaid.

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  • adj. the constellation Ursa Major.

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  • n. a constellation outside the zodiac that rotates around the North Star


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  • "My last dollar was now gone, and you may well suppose I felt the loss of it; but the thought of being once again free to pursue my journey, prevented that depression which a sense of destitution causes; so swinging my little bundle on my back, I caught a glimpse of the Great Bear (which ever points the way to my beloved star,) and I started again on my journey.

    The Heroic Slave. From Autographs for Freedom, Ed. Julia Griffiths

  • At first they were as faint and icy as the pimples on an albino's backside, but they grew in brilliance and size until a sewing basket of flaming buttons spilled on his head, and the Great Bear raked him with her sidereal paws.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • Bill would be waiting for him there, and they would paddle away south down the Dease to the Great Bear Lake.


  • In the course of 1866 Father Petitot procured for the natives of Great Bear Lake the visit of the first minister of the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • “Suhá” a star in the Great Bear introduced only to balance “wushát” = spies, enviers, enemies, whose

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • "Arcturus" in the Authorized Version of (Job 9: 9; 38: 32) in conformity with the Vulgate of the former passages are now generally believed to be identical, and to represent the constellation Ursa Major, known commonly as the Great Bear or

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in answering the question, “Why do you refer to the Great Bear as feminine?”

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • The agent's eyes followed the red line that tracked north of Quebec, across Hudson Bay and Great Bear Lake, past the Yukon and far out over the Bering Sea.

    I, TOO, DREAM....


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