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|part of speech:
||a system of billions of stars and other matter held relatively close to each other by gravity and separated from other such systems by vast distances.
||(usu. cap.) such a star system that contains Earth; the Milky Way.
||a group of brilliant, beautiful, or prominent people.
The word galaxy
, an ancient Greek word that means "milk." The Latin word for "milk", lac
, also came from this Greek word. The Latin phrase via lactea
, or "the Milky Way," is where the name of Earth's galaxy comes from.