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Jovian planet

[ joh-vee-uhn plan-it ]
/ ˈdʒoʊ vi ən ˈplæn ɪt /
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noun Astronomy.

any of the giant planets in our solar system: all four of these planets were once thought to be gas giants, but since Uranus and Neptune were reclassified as ice giants, some astronomers prefer the designation of Jovian planet for only Jupiter and Saturn.

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Origin of Jovian planet

First recorded in 1870–75

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Scientific definitions for Jovian planet

Jovian planet
[ jōvē-ən ]

See gas giant.
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