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Local Group

noun, Astronomy.
1.
the group of galaxies, at least 25 of which are known, that includes the Milky Way.
Origin of Local Group
1915-1920
First recorded in 1915-20
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  • So far, all members of the group will be Emus, they will form an Emu Local Group.

  • You, belonging to a Local Group, must call other groups by one name or another.

  • Any Local Group in a given region contains persons of various totems.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • Thus we begin with an anonymous group, or group of unknown name, a Local Group.

  • We introduce Totemism, and that group becomes a Local Group with a totem name.

  • 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
  • Thus totemism and the clan mutually imply each other, in so far, at least, as the latter is not confounded with 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

noun
1.
(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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