from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A celestial body that orbits the sun and is massive enough to assume a nearly spherical shape, but that does not clear other bodies from the neighborhood around its orbit and is not a satellite of a planet.
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- noun astronomy Any astronomical body which has achieved
hydrostatic equilibrium(which is the shape a body of water would take, as opposed to a small Solar System body), orbits the Sun(as opposed to a moon), and has not "cleared its neighbourhood" of competing bodies (as opposed to a planet).
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