star·​flow·​er | \ˈstär-ˌflau̇(-ə)r \

Definition of starflower 

: any of several plants having star-shaped pentamerous flowers especially : any of a genus (Trientalis, especially T. borealis) of perennial herbs of the primrose family

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Late spring is time for the white bells of salal, intermingled with uncurling fronds of new ferns, and one of my favorites: tiny starflowers, with their single pinkish-white, seven-pointed star shining from a cluster of deep green leaves. Brian J. Cantwell, The Seattle Times, "A Hike and a Happy Hour: Explore splendid Camano Island and its new Naked City pub," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of starflower

1629, in the meaning defined above

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