star shell

noun

Definition of star shell 

1 : a shell that on bursting releases a shower of brilliant stars and is used for signaling

2 : a shell with an illuminating projectile

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The only light was provided by bursting star shells. Mary Horlock, Longreads, "The Camouflage Artist: Two Worlds Wars, Two Loves, and One Great Deception," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of star shell

circa 1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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