of a star: having no orbiting planets; (occasionally, of people) having no home planet; homeless in space
OED records the sense ‘of the sky: having no visible planets’ from 1817.
Directly ahead of us, though, there flamed a small crimson sun, a dying, planetless star not far inward from the Cancer cluster.
Outside the Universe in Weird Tales July 66/1
Thousands upon thousands of planetless stars awaited encirclement by rings of Worlds.
Star Maker ix. 208
Five planetless suns and ninety years of searching are gone.
Though Dreamers Die in Astounding Science-Fiction Feb. 36/2
1950 Science Fictioneer in Super Science Stories July 70/1
A tremendous four-way space war involving Mars, Earth, Ertene and a legion of planetless warriors.
We sha-Terra don’t threaten anybody. We're alone, planetless.
Day After Doomsday in Galaxy Feb. 134/2
It'd've been smarter, maybe, to've put 'em in orbit around a planetless sun.
Skylark Duquesne in Worlds of If June 11/2
‘Here’ proved to be a spot in space approximately five and a half light-hours from an unremarkable looking, planetless M8 red dwarf.
War of Honor 489
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In the compilation of some entries, HDSF has drawn extensively on corresponding entries in OED.