falling star

noun
an incandescent meteor; a shooting star.

Origin:
1555–65

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falling star
 
n
an informal name for meteor

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Also called a shooting star or falling star methane: noun: chemical compound that is the basic ingredient of natural gas.
When you wish upon a falling star, your dreams can come true.
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