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shooting star

meteor (def 1b).
Also called American cowslip, prairie pointer. any of several North American plants of the genus Dodecatheon, especially D. meadia, having pink or white flowers with reflexed petals and stamens forming a pointed beak.
Origin of shooting star
First recorded in 1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Have you marked a shooting star, or watched a young gazelle at play?

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Some assert that it was a shooting star which has now passed out of existence.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • "I wonder whether it's a shooting star," remarked Miss Dorn.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • "Look at that shooting star," I said to Oliver, who was at my side.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • But if we only could have looked into the shooting star at sea.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • The shooting star was an exception, she being chartered by the government.

  • You reckon that shooting star fell in our back pasture, Hez?

    Year of the Big Thaw Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • "Tell us about the shooting star that fell on this island," begged Teddy.

British Dictionary definitions for shooting star

shooting star

an informal name for meteor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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shooting star in Science
shooting star
See meteor.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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