planetesimal hypothesis

/ (ˌplænɪˈtɛsɪməl) /

noun

the discredited theory that the close passage of a star to the sun caused many small bodies (planetesimals) to be drawn from the sun, eventually coalescing to form the planets

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Word Origin for planetesimal hypothesis

C20: planetesimal, from planet + infinitesimal
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