- Astronomy. a star, planet, comet, or other heavenly body.
- Theosophy. See under astral(def 3).
Origin of astral body
First recorded in 1685–95
- pertaining to or proceeding from the stars; stellar; star-shaped.
- Biology. pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling an aster; having a discoid, radiate flower head.
- Theosophy. noting a supersensible substance pervading all space and forming the substance of a second body (astral body) belonging to each individual. It accompanies the individual through life, is able to leave the human body at will, and survives the individual after death.
Origin of astral
1595–1605; (< Middle French) < Late Latin astrālis, equivalent to Latin ast(rum) star (< Greek ástron) + -ālis -al1
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Examples from the Web for astral body
How dying persons often travel in the astral-body, before death.
Something between ordinary Clairvoyance and Astral-Body perception.
- relating to, proceeding from, consisting of, or resembling the starsan astral body
- biology of or relating to the aster occurring in dividing cells
- theosophy denoting or relating to a supposed supersensible substance believed to form the material of a second body for each person, taking the form of an aura discernible to certain gifted individuals
C17: from Late Latin astrālis, from Latin astrum star, from Greek astron
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Word Origin and History for astral body
"pertaining to the stars," c.1600, from Late Latin astralis, from Latin astrum "star," from Greek astron (see astro-). Meaning "pertaining to supersensible substances" is from 1690s, popularized late 19c. in Theosophy.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, emanating from, or resembling the stars.
- Of, relating to, or shaped like the mitotic aster; having the shape of an astrosphere; star-shaped.
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- Relating to or coming from the stars; stellar.
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