charles's wain


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dipper \Dip"per\, n.
   1. One who, or that which, dips; especially, a vessel used to
      dip water or other liquid; a ladle.
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   2. (Zool.)
      (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).
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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