Definition of Magellanic Clouds in English:

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Magellanic Clouds

Pronunciation: /ˌmajeˌlanik ˈkloudz/
Astronomy
Two diffuse luminous patches in the southern sky, now known to be small irregular galaxies that are the closest to our own. The Large Magellanic Cloud is about 169,000 light years away, and the Small Magellanic Cloud is about 210,000 light years away.

Origin

Named after the Portuguese explorer Magellan (see Magellan).

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Syllabification: Mag·el·lan·ic Clouds

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