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shooting star

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noun
  1. meteor(def 1b).
  2. 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
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Examples from the Web for shooting star

Historical Examples

  • A shooting-star scored the dark blue night-sky and vanished.

    The Death of the Gods

    Dmitri Mrejkowski

  • He was Kwayū, meteor, shooting-star: he hunted people and ate them.

    Seven Mohave Myths

    A. L. Kroeber

  • About one-half of this number are also known as shooting-star epochs.

    Meteoric astronomy:

    Daniel Kirkwood

  • For moments, hours, ages she was propelled with the velocity of a shooting-star.

  • Night drew on, and every "shooting-star" was a new sign of the end.

    The End Of The World

    Edward Eggleston


British Dictionary definitions for shooting star

shooting star

noun
  1. an informal name for meteor
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shooting star in Science

shooting star

[shōōtĭng]
  1. See meteor.
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