Definition of minor planet in English:

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minor planet

Pronunciation: /ˌmīnər ˈplanət/


An asteroid. Often contrasted with major planet.
Example sentences
  • In the outer Solar System and the asteroids / minor planets tend to be redder in colour because they contain more organic material.
  • She made observations of one of the minor planets and calculated its orbit.
  • The next body to be discovered in the solar system was the minor planet Ceres, discovered in 1801.

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Syllabification: mi·nor plan·et

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