earthstar

[ urth-stahr ]
/ ˈɜrθˌstɑr /

noun

a fungus of the genus Geaster, having an outer covering that splits into the form of a star.
any of various bromeliads of the genus Cryptanthus, native to Brazil, having rosettes of stiff, prickly leaves.

Nearby words

  1. earthquake engineer,
  2. earthrise,
  3. earthshaker,
  4. earthshaking,
  5. earthshine,
  6. earthward,
  7. earthwards,
  8. earthwoman,
  9. earthwork,
  10. earthworks

Origin of earthstar

First recorded in 1810–20; earth + star

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British Dictionary definitions for earthstar

earthstar

/ (ˈɜːθˌstɑː) /

noun

any of various basidiomycetous saprotrophic woodland fungi of the genus Geastrum, whose brown onion-shaped reproductive body splits into a star shape to release the spores
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