Definition of shooting star in English:

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  • 1A small, rapidly moving meteor burning up on entering the earth’s atmosphere.
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    • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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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