The American Cyclopædia (1879)/Charles's Wain
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CHARLES'S WAIN, a name given to the constellation Ursa Major, or the Great Bear, often called also the Dipper. The literal meaning of the name is the rustic's wagon, and some fancied resemblance doubtless was the occasion of its use.