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protogalaxy

[proh-toh-gal-uh k-see, proh-toh-gal-]
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noun, plural pro·to·gal·ax·ies. Astronomy.
  1. the large concentration of gas and dust from which a galaxy is formed.

Origin of protogalaxy

First recorded in 1945–50; proto- + galaxy
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British Dictionary definitions for protogalaxy

protogalaxy

noun plural -axies
  1. a cloud of gas in the early stages of its evolution into a galaxy
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