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n. small object that orbits the sun

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Asteroids are minor planets, especially those of the inner Solar System. The larger ones have also been called planetoids. These terms have historically been applied to any astronomical object orbiting the Sun that did not show the disc of a planet and was not observed to have the characteristics of an active comet. As minor planets in the outer Solar System were discovered and found to have volatile-based surfaces that resemble those of comets, they were often distinguished from asteroids of the asteroid belt. In this article, the term "asteroid" refers to the minor planets of the inner Solar System including those in co-orbit with Jupiter.

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1. any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter)
(synonym) minor planet, planetoid
(hypernym) planet
(hyponym) Apollo asteroid
(member-holonym) solar system

1. shaped like a star
(synonym) star-shaped
(similar) angular, angulate

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n. asteroid

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Rzecz. asteroida

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