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[stel-uh] /ˈstɛl ə/
a four-dollar pattern coin of the U.S. having a metal content based on the metric system, issued 1879–80: designed to be used as an international coin.


[stel-uh] /ˈstɛl ə/
Frank (Phillip) born 1936, U.S. painter.
Joseph, 1887–1946, U.S. painter, born in Italy.
a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “star.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • stella, I have learned this one lesson, that I am not in it, for it is He that is doing it all.

    A California Girl Edward Eldridge
  • “Probably she contains a party of tourists on an excursion,” said stella.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • There was something she wanted stella to send on after her from the Army and Navy stores.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
  • “I hope not, indeed,” answered stella, turning pale at the thought.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • stella was in the latter's room, for he would not suffer her out of his sight.

    The Lamp in the Desert Ethel M. Dell
Word Origin and History for stella


fem. proper name, from Latin stella "star" (see star (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stella in Medicine

stella stel·la (stěl'ə)
n. pl. stel·lae (stěl'ē)
A star or star-shaped figure.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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