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verb (used with object), in·starred, in·star·ring.
  1. to set with or as if with stars.
  2. Archaic.
    1. to place as a star.
    2. to make a star of.
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Origin of instar2

First recorded in 1585–95; in-1 + star
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British Dictionary definitions for instarred


  1. the stage in the development of an insect between any two moults
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Word Origin

C19: New Latin from Latin: image
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instarred in Medicine


  1. Any of the successive nymphal stages in the metamorphosis of insects or the stages of larval change by successive molts.
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