Hōei Nojiri

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Hōei Nojiri.

Hōei Nojiri (野尻 抱影 Nojiri Hōei?, November 15, 1885 – October 30, 1977) was a Japanese essayist and astronomer. He was a brother of the novelist Nojiri Haruhikoˀ, whose pen name was Osaragi Jirō.

In 1930 he coined the Japanese word Meiōsei (冥王星?, "Star of the King (God) of the Underworld") for the newly discovered planet Pluto. The name was then borrowed into Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ Renshaw, Steve; Ihara, Saori (2000). "A Tribute to Houei Nojiri". Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Planetary Linguistics". Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  3. ^ 'Bathrobe'. "Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese". cjvlang.com. Retrieved 29 November 2011.