star shell

noun
|Updated on: 29 Jun 2018

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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circa 1876

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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