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Umbriel Tweet Definition of Umbriel Like Definition of Umbriel on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A moon of Uranus
unicorn Tweet Definition of unicorn Like Definition of unicorn on Facebook
noun
  1. A mythical beast traditionally represented as having the legs of a buck, the body of a horse, the tail of a lion with a single spiral horn on its head; a symbol of virginity.
  2. A heraldic representation of such a beast used as a charge or as a supporter; as in the arms of Great Britain and of Scotland.
  3. A mistranslation by the King James Bible (wild ox according to RSV). Young Earth Creationists and Fundamentalists believe the Unicorn to be some type of extinct one horned animal, possibly a dinosaur:
Will the be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? Canst thou bind the with his band in the furrow? Or will he harrow the valleys after thee? " Job 39:9-10 KJV.
uranology Tweet Definition of uranology Like Definition of uranology on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) the study of the heavens and heavenly bodies, also books about the subject.
Uranus Tweet Definition of Uranus Like Definition of Uranus on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) The god of the sky and heavens, son and husband to Gaia, with whom he fathered the Titans and the Cyclops
  2. (astronomy) The seventh planet in our solar system, with fifteen moons; discovered in 1781 by w:William_Herschel, Sir William Herschel and alternatively called Herschel or Georgium Sidus until the mid-19th century. Represented in astronomy and astrology by ♅.
Ursa Major Tweet Definition of Ursa Major Like Definition of Ursa Major on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (constellation) A large circumpolar constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a bear. It includes the familiar asterism the Big Dipper and the stars Mizar, Dubhe, and Alkaid.
    • 1605 " Shakespeare, s:The Tragedy of King Lear, King Lear, i 2
    • :My father compounded with my mother under the dragon's tail, and my nativity was under ursa major.
Ursa Minor Tweet Definition of Ursa Minor Like Definition of Ursa Minor on Facebook
proper noun (ursa
  1. Latin, Ursa minor
  2. Latin, Minor)
    1. (constellation) A circumpolar constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a bear. It includes the familiar asterism the Little Dipper and, as part of it, the northern pole star Polaris.

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