Carles wǽn

m (-es/-as) Charles' Wain, the churl's wain, the constellation of the Great Bear; Ursa Major

Old to modern English dictionary. 2013.

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  • Charles's Wain — O.E. Carles wægn, a star group associated in medieval times with Charlemagne, but originally with the nearby bright star ARCTURUS (Cf. Arcturus), which is linked by folk etymology to L. Arturus Arthur. Which places the seven star asterism at the… …   Etymology dictionary

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