shooting star

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  1. 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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How to use shooting star in a sentence

  • We next proceed to the phenomenon generally called Falling or shooting star.

  • A shooting star falling near a house, foretells an early death in that dwelling.

  • The third brother was Tecumseh, "the wild-cat that leaps upon its prey," or "the shooting star," as the name has been translated.

    The Old Northwest | Frederic Austin Ogg
  • It is this misleading appearance that probably is responsible for the name shooting star.

    A Text-Book of Astronomy | George C. Comstock
  • The shooting-star, a near relative of the cyclamen, is as thick upon the earth as stars up in the sky.

    Your National Parks | Enos A. Mills

British Dictionary definitions for shooting star

shooting star

  1. an informal name for meteor

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Scientific definitions for shooting star

shooting star

[ shōōtĭng ]

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