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shooting star

meteor (def 1b).
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
1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A shooting-star to northward filled the sky with the green blink of a meteorite dissipating itself in our atmosphere.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • A shooting-star scored the dark blue night-sky and vanished.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • His body fell through the heavens, aflame like a shooting-star; and the horses of the Sun dashed homeward with the empty chariot.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody
  • He was Kwayū, meteor, shooting-star: he hunted people and ate them.

    Seven Mohave Myths A. L. Kroeber
  • About one-half of this number are also known as shooting-star epochs.

    Meteoric astronomy: Daniel Kirkwood
  • Night drew on, and every "shooting-star" was a new sign of the end.

    The End Of The World Edward Eggleston
  • For moments, hours, ages she was propelled with the velocity of a shooting-star.

  • 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
  • Her single spark of light through the half-veiled lantern passed as swiftly as a shooting-star across the plateau.

  • Sudden as a shooting-star up springs the red-deer, and in the gloom as suddenly is lost.

British Dictionary definitions for shooting-star

shooting star

an informal name for meteor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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shooting-star in Science
shooting star
See meteor.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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