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 (kō-pûr′nĭ-kən, kə-)
Of or relating to the theory of Copernicus that the earth rotates daily on its axis and, with the other planets in the solar system, revolves around the sun.


(koʊˈpɜr nɪ kən, kə-)

1. of or pertaining to Copernicus or his theories.
2. important and radically different: a Copernican revolution in modern art.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Copernican - of radical or major importance; "a Copernican revolution in modern art"
important, of import - of great significance or value; "important people"; "the important questions of the day"
2.Copernican - according to Copernicus; "in the Copernican system the earth and other planets revolve around the sun"
heliocentric - having the sun as the center


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Which Italian astronomer is said to have muttered "Eppur si muove" after recanting his belief in the Copernican system?
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