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 for 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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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).
            [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

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.
     [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     Note: The name is sometimes also applied to the
           Constellation.
           [1913 Webster]

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