Etymology
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dipper (n.)

late 14c., as a type of diving bird, agent noun from dip (v.). As "a ladle or long-handled utensil for drawing liquid," from 1783, chiefly American English. Also "a Dunker, an Anabaptist" (1610s); "one who dips snuff" (1870). As the popular U.S. name for the asterism known in Britain as The Plough or Charles's Wain, attested by 1833, so called for the arrangement of the stars. Compare Big Dipper.

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Definitions of dipper
1
dipper (n.)
a ladle that has a cup with a long handle;
dipper (n.)
small North American diving duck; males have bushy head plumage;
Synonyms: bufflehead / butterball / Bucephela albeola
dipper (n.)
small stocky diving bird without webbed feet; frequents fast-flowing streams and feeds along the bottom;
Synonyms: water ouzel
2
Dipper (n.)
a cluster of seven stars in Ursa Minor; at the end of the dipper's handle is Polaris;
Synonyms: Little Dipper
Dipper (n.)
a group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major;
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