Definition of blazing star in English:

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blazing star


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Any of a number of North American plants, some of which are cultivated for their flowers.
  • A plant of the daisy family with tall spikes of purple or white flowers (genus Liatris, family Compositae). A plant of the western US with toothed leaves and yellow flowers (genus Mentzelia, family Loasaceae), especially the gray-leaved, large-flowered giant blazing star (M. laevicaulis). Devil’s bit..
Example sentences
  • In Missouri, some glades do resemble prairies, with plants that include big and little bluestem, Indian grass, Indian paintbrush, prairie larkspur, purple coneflower, and blazing stars.
  • By the time of the first prescribed burn, Heller's blazing star, another declining species within the same habitat, had been listed as threatened.
  • Showing off in autumn are blazing star, bristleleaf chaffhead, goldcrest, redroot, two kinds of native sunflower, woolly sunbonnets, and several species of yellow-eyed grasses.

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Syllabification: blaz·ing star

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