[ stel-yuh-ler ]
/ ˈstɛl yə lər /
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having the form of a small star or small stars.
spotted with stars.



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Origin of stellular

1790–1800; <Late Latin stellul(a) (stell(a) star + -ula-ule) + -ar1
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Example sentences from the Web for stellular

  • Stellate, Stellular, starry or star-like; where several similar parts spread out from a common centre, like a star.

  • Upward, always upward, his eyes on that radiant stellular coronal, as it shone white and splendid in the snowy night.

    The Christmas Miracle|Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • A light, stellular in the gloom that hung about the lower levels, suddenly sprung up in the window.

British Dictionary definitions for stellular

/ (ˈstɛljʊlə) /


displaying or abounding in small starsa stellular pattern
resembling a little star or little stars

Derived forms of stellular

stellularly, adverb

Word Origin for stellular

C18: from Late Latin stellula, diminutive of Latin stella star
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