from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A galaxy consisting of a rotating flattened disk with a central bulge made up mostly of old stars, from which extend two or more spiral arms made up mostly of younger stars and large amounts of interstellar gas and dust.

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  • noun astronomy A galaxy having a number of arms of younger stars that spiral out from the centre containing older ones

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  • noun a galaxy having a spiral structure; arms containing younger stars spiral out from old stars at the center


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