See also: Comet

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The comet Hale–Bopp in the night sky.

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English comete, partly from Old English comēta and partly from Old French comete, both from Latin comētēs, from Ancient Greek κομήτης (komḗtēs, longhaired), short for ἀστὴρ κομήτης ([astēr] komētēs, "longhaired [star])" and referring to the tail of a comet, from κόμη (kómē, hair). Compare English faxed star.

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  • enPR: kŏm'ət, IPA(key): /ˈkɒmət/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒmɪt

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comet (plural comets)

  1. (astronomy) A celestial body consisting mainly of ice, dust and gas in a (usually very eccentric) orbit around the Sun and having a "tail" of matter blown back from it by the solar wind as it approaches the Sun.
  2. A celestial phenomenon with the appearance given by the orbiting celestial body.
  3. Any of several species of hummingbird found in the Andes.

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comet

  1. third-person singular present indicative form of cometre
  2. second-person singular imperative form of cometre

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cōmet

  1. third-person singular future active indicative of cōmō