Kuiper Belt

noun
Kui·​per Belt | \ ˈkī-pər- How to pronounce Kuiper Belt (audio) \

Definition of Kuiper Belt

: a band of small celestial bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune from which many short-period comets are believed to originate — compare oort cloud

First Known Use of Kuiper Belt

1988, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Kuiper Belt

Gerald A. Kuiper †1973 U.S. (Dutch-born) astronomer

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“Kuiper Belt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kuiper%20Belt. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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