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dwarf planet

[ dwawrf-plan-it ]
/ ˈdwɔrf ˈplæn ɪt /
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noun Astronomy.

a spherical celestial body revolving about the sun, similar to a planet but not large enough to gravitationally clear its orbital region of most or all other celestial bodies. In 2006, the planet Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet.

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Origin of dwarf planet

First recorded in 1990–95
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British Dictionary definitions for dwarf planet

dwarf planet

noun

any celestial body within the solar system that is larger than a satellite but smaller than a planet, and that orbits the sun
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Scientific definitions for dwarf planet

dwarf planet

A celestial body that orbits the Sun and is massive enough to assume a nearly spherical shape, but that does not clear other bodies from the neighborhood around its orbit and is not a satellite of a planet. Dwarf planets include Ceres, Pluto, and Eris. This category was created by the International Astronomical Union in 2006.
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