Origin of aster
Origin of -aster1
Origin of -aster2
Examples from the Web for aster
Historical Examples of aster
They claim it both suits the Aster and helps to keep off root-lice.
The Aster will stand more in the way of lifting than any other plant I know.
Root-lice, blue aphis, etc., is one of the most common enemies of the Aster.
No one but an artist should attempt to describe an Aster's colors.
Even in our mother's day it was still called the China Aster.
Word Origin for aster
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -aster
flower genus, 1706, from Latin aster "star" (see star (n.)); so called for the radiate heads of the flowers. Originally used in English in the Latin sense (c.1600) but this is obsolete.
word-forming element expressing incomplete resemblance (e.g. poetaster), usually diminutive and deprecatory, from Latin, from Greek -aster, suffix originally forming nouns from verbs ending in -azein, later generalized as a pejorative suffix, e.g. Greek patraster "he who plays the father."