shooting star

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:
1585–95

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shooting star
 
n
an informal name for meteor

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shooting star   (sh'tĭng)  Pronunciation Key 
See 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.
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