Where the Word “Comet” Comes From


“Comet” comes from the Latin “cometes”, which in turn comes from the Greek “kometes”, meaning “long-haired”.  This all in turn comes from Aristotle using a derivation of the Greek “koun”, “kountng” (“stars with hair”), which eventually came to be “kometes” (long-haired) and then “cometes”, in Latin, and finally “comet” in English.


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