terrestrial planet

a planet having a compact rocky surface like the Earth's; the four innermost planets in the solar system
Hypernyms: ↑planet, ↑major planet
Instance Hyponyms:
Earth, ↑earth, ↑world, ↑globe, ↑Mars, ↑Red Planet, ↑Mercury, ↑Venus

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: one of the four inner planets of the solar system

Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars are the terrestrial planets

— compare major planet

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terrestrial planet,
1. any one of the four planets nearest the sun and somewhat similar in size. They are the Earth, Mars, Venus, and Mercury.
2. any small rocky planet, similar in size to Earth.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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