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Ursa Major

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Calisto, daughter of Lycaʹon, was violated by Jupiter, and Juno changed her into a bear. Jupiter placed her among the stars that she might be more under his protection. Homer calls it Arktos the bear, and Hamaxa the waggon. The Romans called it Ursa the bear, and Septemtrioʹnēs the seven ploughing oxen; whence “Septentrionaʹlis” came to signify the north. The common names in Europe for the seven bright stars are “the plough,” “the waggon,” “Charles’s wain,” “the Great Bear,” etc.

Boswell’s father used to call Dr. Johnson Ursa Major. (See Bear.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Urd [The Past]
Urda or Urdan Fount (The)
Urda, Verdandi, and Skulda
Urgan
Urganda la Desconecida
Urgel
Uriah
Uriel
Urim
Urim and Thummim
Ursa Major
Ursa Minor
Used Up
Usher means a porter
Usquebaugh
Ut
Ut Queat Laxis, etc
Uta
Uter
Uterine
Utgard (Old Norse, outer ward)

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