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

  • noun A disk-shaped region in the outer solar system lying beyond the orbit of Neptune and extending to a distance of about 50 astronomical units, containing thousands of small icy bodies, some of which are on highly elliptical orbits, periodically visiting the inner solar system as comets.

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  • proper noun A region of space between 30 and 50 astronomical units from the Sun, roughly confined within a thick band around the ecliptic. This area is populated by many thousands of trans-Neptunian objects.

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  • noun a disk-shaped region of minor planets outside the orbit of Neptune

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Gerard Kuiper, (1905–1973), Dutch-born American astronomer who speculated about the existence of such a region.]

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Named after the astronomer Gerard Kuiper (1905-1973); and belt.

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