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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inferior planet mean? 

  The noun INFERIOR PLANET has 1 sense:

1. any of the planets whose orbit lies inside the earth's orbit

  Familiarity information: INFERIOR PLANET used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1inferior planet [BACK TO TOP]


Any of the planets whose orbit lies inside the earth's orbit

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("inferior planet" is a kind of...):

major planet; planet ((astronomy) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected light; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in order of their proximity to the sun; viewed from the constellation Hercules, all the planets rotate around the sun in a counterclockwise direction)

Instance hyponyms:

Mercury (the smallest planet and the nearest to the sun)

Venus (the second nearest planet to the sun; visible from Earth as an early 'morning star' or an 'evening star')

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