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  1. (astronomy) a relatively small extraterrestrial body consisting of a frozen mass that travels around the sun in a highly elliptical orbit Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A member of the solar system which usually moves in an elongated orbit, approaching very near to the sun in its perihelion, and receding to a very great distance from it at its aphelion. A comet commonly consists of three parts: the nucleus, the envelope, or coma, and the tail; but one or more of these parts is frequently wanting. See Illustration in Appendix. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. A game at cards. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4. A blazing star, often having a long blazing train or tail. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. A heavenly body with an eccentric orbit and a luminous tail. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. COMETARY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A heavenly body with luminous train. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Cometary, cometic. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. A heavenly body, consisting of a coma surrounding a star - like nucleus, with a nebulous train. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A heavenly body revolving round the sun in a very eccentric orbit, and, when perfect, consisting of three parts, the nucleus, the envelope or coma, and the tail. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. A hairy star; a celestial body accompanied with a train or tail of light. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. kom'et, n. a heavenly body with an eccentric orbit, having a definite point or nucleus, a nebulous light surrounding the nucleus, and a luminous tail preceding or following the nucleus.--adjs. COM'ETARY, COMET'IC.--ns. COM'ET-FIND'ER, a telescope of low power used to search for comets; COMETOG'RAPHY; COMETOL'OGY. [Gr. kom[=e]t[=e]s, long-haired--kom[=e], the hair.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. Body with star-like nucleus& train or tail of light moving round sun in elliptical or towards& from it in parabolic course; c.-year, in which conspicuous comet comes; c.-wine, made in e.-year, supposed of superior quality. Hence cometary, cometic, aa. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. n. [Greek] A luminous and nebulous member of the solar system, moving in an eccentric orbit, approaching near, or receding far from, the sun at its perihelion and its aphelion, and generally consisting of a nucleus, an envelope, and a tail; —a game at cards. Cabinet Dictionary
  15. A heavenly body in the planetary region appearing suddenly, and again disappearing. Complete Dictionary

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