shooting star


shooting star

noun

: a streak of light in the night sky that looks like a star falling but that is actually a piece of rock or metal (called a meteor) falling from outer space into the Earth's atmosphere

Full Definition of SHOOTING STAR

1
:  a visual meteor appearing as a temporary streak of light in the night sky
2
:  any of several North American perennial herbs (genus Dodecatheon, especially D. meadia) of the primrose family that have entire oblong leaves and showy flowers with reflexed petals
3
:  one resembling a shooting star especially in sudden and temporary brilliance

First Known Use of SHOOTING STAR

1593

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