short-period comet

noun

Definition of short-period comet

: one of numerous periodic comets whose times of revolution around the sun range from 3.3 years (as for Encke's comet) to a few dozen years

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“Short-period comet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short-period%20comet. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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