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[stel-uh] /ˈstɛl ə/
a four-dollar pattern coin of the U.S. having a metal content based on the metric system, issued 1879–80: designed to be used as an international coin.


[stel-uh] /ˈstɛl ə/
Frank (Phillip) born 1936, U.S. painter.
Joseph, 1887–1946, U.S. painter, born in Italy.
a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “star.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was the plaid belonging to stella Hardy, who had died in her teens.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • stella's goin' to be all right, they think, but nothin' will do but Mary must stay a spell.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • stella was slight and fair, with blue eyes that were rather hard but expressive.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Thou knowest, in my verses to my stella, my mind on this occasion.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • But after he had gone, the verdict of stella and myself was, “Much worse than we expected.”

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
Word Origin and History for stella


fem. proper name, from Latin stella "star" (see star (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stella in Medicine

stella stel·la (stěl'ə)
n. pl. stel·lae (stěl'ē)
A star or star-shaped figure.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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