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confuse star; satellite; small amount
simp. and trad.
(惑星)

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惑星

  1. (astronomy, rare) Synonym of 行星 (xíngxīng).

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惑星 (wakusei): a collection of planets.
Kanji in this term
わく
Grade: S
せい
Grade: 2
on’yomi

EtymologyEdit

Wasei kango: Calque of Dutch dwaalster (literally, “wander star”).

Coined in 1792 by Dutch-Japanese translator Motoki Yoshinaga in his translation of Copernicus's De revolutionibus orbium coelestium and its heliocentric model. Sinic compound of (waku, to move about confusedly, to wander) +‎ (sei, star).

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NounEdit

惑星 (hiragana わくせい, rōmaji wakusei)

  1. (astronomy) planet
    あの (ほし)恒星 (こうせい)じゃなくて、惑星 (わくせい)です。
    Ano hoshi wa kōsei ja nakute, wakusei desu.
    That light isn't a star, it's a planet.
  2. (obsolete) a dark horse
    政界 (せいかい)惑星 (わくせい)
    seikai no wakusei
    a dark horse in the political world

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakukan, →ISBN.