Magellanic-clouds meaning

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Two small, irregularly shaped galaxies that are the galaxies closest to the Milky Way and are faintly visible near the south celestial pole.
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Two small, irregular dwarf galaxies that orbit the Milky Way. They are among the galaxies closest to the Milky Way and are faintly visible near the south celestial pole.
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(astronomy) Collectively, the pair of galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud; also sometimes includes the Magellanic Bridge and Magellanic Stream.
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Plural form of Magellanic Cloud.
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Origin of magellanic-clouds

  • After Ferdinand Magellan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition