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The translation of "planet" is "wanderer". Unlike most stars, the planets appeared to drift around the sky relative to the other stars. They also occasionally (apparent retrograde motion) seemed to "double back" briefly before moving on again. Hence, "wanderers".

For the sake of clarity: the actual ancient Greek phrase from which the English word "Planet" comes was "aster planetes", which means "wandering star." The modern Greek translation of English "planet" is "planetes".

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The Greek word is πλανήτης (Plah-NEE-tees), from which we get the word 'planet.'

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In ancient Greek,the whole expression was 'planet stars' ( πλανήτες αστέρες planites asteres) that means 'wandering,roaming stars'

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"wanderer"

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