blazing star


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)

Examples of blazing star in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Fixer Upper star and Magnolia Market founder recently posted this image that appears to be of daughter Emmie Kay, 8, walking through a field and collecting Texas blazing stars on Instagram. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Just Paid Tribute to Tom Petty in the Sweetest Way," 2 Oct. 2018 Billions of years before humans walked the Earth—before the Earth even existed—blazing stars fused atoms into iron and carbon. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 There are legions of cypress, oak, and loblolly trees, purple blazing star flowers, and all sorts of animals, especially the massive bucks that hunters pridefully kill. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Alabama’s History Haunts, But It Also Instructs," 27 June 2018 Since volunteers began restoring the preserve about 40 years ago, visitors now can spot great St. John’s wort, bergamot, rattlesnake-master, coneflowers and blazing stars, among other plants and wildflowers, according to the preserve’s website. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "Miami Woods Forest Preserve celebrates 40 years of volunteer restoration," 6 Apr. 2018 And the alkali mariposa lily and ash meadows blazing star are among the plants that grow only along this river. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "The Amargosa River Defies the Desert," 18 Dec. 2017 Hurtling through Saturn’s shroud of hydrogen and helium at nearly 70,000 mph, the spacecraft would have been glowing like a meteor in its last moments -- a fitting finale for a blazing star of the scientific world. USA TODAY, "Cassini spacecraft makes death plunge into Saturn after 20-year journey," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of blazing star

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blazing star.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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