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Local Group

noun, Astronomy.
the group of galaxies, at least 25 of which are known, that includes the Milky Way.
Origin of Local Group
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Everybody is free to travel either alone or attached to any Local Group he prefers.

    The Jewish State Theodor Herzl
  • So far, all members of the group will be Emus, they will form an Emu Local Group.

  • True nationalism is simply the feeling for the small independent community, a movement for the autonomy of the Local Group.

    The World in Chains John Mavrogordato
  • Any Local Group in a given region contains persons of various totems.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • By this means, only those of recognized standing in a Local Group could become candidates for the higher offices.

    The Next Step Scott Nearing
  • We introduce Totemism, and that group becomes a Local Group with a totem name.

  • They suggest a possible type of hieroglyphics to be developed by the leader of the Local Group.

  • In efflux of time that rule, becoming habitual, would be, No marriages within the Local Group.

    Totem and Taboo Sigmund Freud
British Dictionary definitions for Local Group

Local Group

(astronomy) the cluster of galaxies to which our galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy belong
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Local Group in Science
Local Group  
A group of more than 30 galaxies that includes 2 large spiral galaxies—the Milky Way and Andromeda—as well as numerous smaller galaxies, many of which are dwarfs. The Local Group has a diameter of approximately 10 million light-years, with its gravitational center located between our galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy. It is part of a larger grouping known as the Virgo supercluster.
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