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small solar system body

[ smawl-soh-ler sis-tuhm bod-ee ]
/ ˈsmɔl ˈsoʊ lər ˌsɪs təm ˌbɒd i /
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noun Astronomy.
a celestial object that cannot be categorized as a planet, dwarf planet, or natural satellite: small solar system bodies include all comets and asteroids except asteroids, like Ceres, that are also dwarf planets. Abbreviation: SSSB
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Origin of small solar system body

First recorded in 2005–10
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Scientific definitions for small solar system body

small solar system body

Any of various celestial bodies, such as asteroids and comets, that orbit the Sun and are not classified as either planets or dwarf planets.
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