shooting star

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noun
  1. meteor(def 1b).
  2. Also called American cowslip, prairie pointer. any of several North American plants of the genus Dodecatheon, especially D. meadia, having pink or white flowers with reflexed petals and stamens forming a pointed beak.

Origin of shooting star

First recorded in 1585–95
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Related Words for shooting star

bolide, comet, fireball, meteorite, meteoroid

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British Dictionary definitions for shooting star

shooting star

noun
  1. an informal name for meteor
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shooting star in Science

shooting star

[shōōtĭng]
  1. See meteor.
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