Meaning of COMET in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈkä-mət ]


Etymology: Middle English comete, from Old English cometa, from Latin, from Greek komētēs, literally, long-haired, from koman to wear long hair, from komē hair

Date: before 12th century

: a celestial body that appears as a fuzzy head usually surrounding a bright nucleus, that has a usually highly eccentric orbit, that consists primarily of ice and dust, and that often develops one or more long tails when near the sun

• com·e·tary -mə-ˌter-ē adjective

• co·met·ic kə-ˈme-tik, kä- adjective

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