comet

comet c.1200, from O.Fr. comete (12c., Mod.Fr. comète), from L. cometa, from Gk. (aster) kometes, lit. "long-haired (star)," from kome "hair of the head" (Cf. koman "let the hair grow long"), of unknown origin. So called from resemblance of a comet's tail to streaming hair.

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