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 conjunction won’t resemble a biblical, blazing star, as some news reports have suggested, but the sight might provide a little dose of awe nonetheless. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Jupiter and Saturn Are Just Showing Off Now," 21 Dec. 2020 Instead: For a long-lasting punch of purple in the garden, plant native purple coneflower or blazing star instead of purple loosestrife. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Pretty but Troublesome Perennials Never to Plant in Your Garden," 25 Aug. 2020 If you are drawn to native plants, the blazing star of the American grassland deserves greater use in our gardens. Washington Post, "The sudden heat and humidity of summer has gardeners dancing a seasonal salsa," 16 June 2020 The universe has cooked up all sorts of bizarre and beautiful forms of matter, from blazing stars to purring cats, out of just three basic ingredients. Quanta Magazine, "Why Do Matter Particles Come in Threes? A Physics Titan Weighs In," 30 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of blazing star

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Dec 2020

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“Blazing star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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