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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.
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(koʊˈpɜr nɪ kən, kə-)

1. of or pertaining to Copernicus or his theories.
2. important and radically different: a Copernican revolution in modern art.
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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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But between 1609 and 1613 Galileo's telescopic discoveries convinced him of the merit of the Copernican view.