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noun
  1. a bright planet, especially Venus, seen in the east immediately before sunrise.
  2. Also called holy water sprinkler, holy water sprinkle. a medieval shafted weapon having a head in the form of a spiked ball.

Origin of morning star

First recorded in 1525–35
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Examples from the Web for morning star

Historical Examples

  • The stars were all gone now, save one in the distance—the morning-star.

    Seven Little People and their Friends

    Horace Elisha Scudder

  • Uriel engages Apollion, and succeeds in wresting from him the rebel banner with its morning-star.

    Vondel's Lucifer

    Joost van den Vondel

  • One morning, he found his morning-star all dimmed and dusky-red; doomsday had dawned; they were to meet no more!

  • The moon stood high in heaven, the clouds had been driven away, and never did the morning-star rise brighter on two human beings.

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)

    Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

  • His round shield is made of burnished silver, and the head of his morning-star consists of a single cornelian.


British Dictionary definitions for morning star

morning star

noun
  1. a planet, usually Venus, seen just before sunrise during the time that the planet is west of the sunAlso called: daystar Compare evening star
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