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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. 2017.
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  • Once I saw a grizzly turn to stare at the course of a shooting star; another gazed for seconds at a brilliant rainbow.

    The Grizzly Enos A. Mills
  • "Look at that shooting star," I said to Oliver, who was at my side.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • It suggested rather a shooting star, emitting a shower of scintillations from the facets of a hundred jewels.

    The Story of Cooperstown Ralph Birdsall
  • Have you marked a shooting star, or watched a young gazelle at play?

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • A shooting star streaked across one-third of the sky leaving a trail of light behind it.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • A fireball, which is an unusually lurid type of shooting star.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • And what we call a shooting star is, perhaps, more like a lump of coal on fire than like any thing else you know of.

  • "I should like a shooting star best," observed the boy, deeply interested.

    Jimbo Algernon Blackwood
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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