blazing star

noun
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

Definition of blazing star

1 archaic : comet
2 : any of various plants having conspicuous flower clusters or star-shaped flowers: such as
a : any of a genus (Liatris) of North American composite herbs with spikes of rosy-purple rayless flowers called also button snakeroot
b : any of several North American rough-leaved herbs (genus Mentzelia of the family Losaceae)

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First Known Use of blazing star

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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