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protoplanet

[proh-toh-plan-it]
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noun Astronomy.
  1. the collection of matter, in the process of condensation, from which a planet is formed.

Origin of protoplanet

First recorded in 1945–50; proto- + planet
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British Dictionary definitions for protoplanet

protoplanet

noun
  1. a planet in its early stages of evolution by the process of accretion
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Word Origin and History for protoplanet

n.

1949, from proto- + planet.

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