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Definition 1: a planet having a compact rocky surface like the Earth's; the four innermost planets in the solar system - [noun denoting object]
(terrestrial planet is a kind of ...) (astronomy) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected light; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in order of their proximity to the sun; viewed from the constellation Hercules, all the planets rotate around the sun in a counterclockwise direction
(... is an instance of terrestrial planet) a small reddish planet that is the 4th from the sun and is periodically visible to the naked eye; minerals rich in iron cover its surface and are responsible for its characteristic color
(... is an instance of terrestrial planet) the second nearest planet to the sun; it is peculiar in that its rotation is slow and retrograde (in the opposite sense of the Earth and all other planets except Uranus); it is visible from Earth as an early `morning star' or an `evening star'
"before it was known that they were the same object the evening star was called Venus and the morning star was called Lucifer"