dwarf planet

ˌdwarf ˈplanet 8 [dwarf planet] noun
a round object in space that goes around the sun but is not as large as a planet and does not clear other objects from its path

the dwarf planets Pluto, Ceres, Eris, Makemake and Haumea

These bodies have been classified as dwarf planets.


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