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|part of speech:
||a heavenly body that moves around a planet or another larger body.
The moon is a satellite of Earth.
||a spacecraft that is sent into orbit around a planet or other heavenly body to gather or send back information.
||a country that is controlled by another, more powerful country.
comes from a Latin word that means "someone who attends a person of importance." In the 1600s, the moons that revolve around planets were first referred to as "satellites."