Definition of shooting star in English:

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shooting star


1A small, rapidly moving meteor burning up on entering the earth’s atmosphere.
Example sentences
  • Tiny meteors, commonly called shooting stars, hit the earth's atmosphere and turn into fiery streaks.
  • It was not a satellite, meteor or shooting star.
  • That's much larger than the dust grains that vaporize in the atmosphere to form most shooting stars, or meteors, but not large enough to crater Earth's crust.
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2A North American plant with white, pink, or purple hanging flowers with backward-curving petals. The flowers are carried above the leaves on slender stems and turn to face up following fertilization.
  • Genus Dodecatheon, family Primulaceae.
Example sentences
  • At this time of year, hikers can be on the alert for early buttercups, shooting stars in the foothills and moss phlox.
  • In the muskegs - the sponge-like bogs that ring the old-growth forest - shooting stars are in bloom, their purple blossoms dotting a lime-green carpet of sphagnum moss.
  • Near the trail, there are shooting stars under the trees, and Indian paintbrush is visible between rocks.

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