Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The genus of starfishes which is typical of the family Asteriidæ.
  • noun [lowercase] In ornithology, an old and disused name of the goshawk, goosehawk, or starhawk. See Astur.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A genus of echinoderms.

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Examples

  • Of hawks, the strongest is the buzzard; the next in point of courage is the merlin; and the circus ranks third; other diverse kinds are the asterias, the pigeon-hawk, and the pternis; the broaded-winged hawk is called the half-buzzard; others go by the name of hobby-hawk, or sparrow-hawk, or

    The History of Animals

  • The asterias, or star-stone, is a very beautiful variety, in which the colour is generally of a reddish violet, with an opalescent lustre.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 560, August 4, 1832

  • There were golden-brown danais, with their black-striped wings, jetty troilus with an attempt at trailers, big asterias, velvety black with longer trails and wide bands of yellow dots.

    The Harvester

  • There were golden-brown danais, with their black-striped wings, jetty troilus with an attempt at trailers, big asterias, velvety black with longer trails and wide bands of yellow dots.

    The Harvester

  • The asterias worms are spinning now, -- the early ones.

    A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life.

  • The _polypi, echini, asterias_, and other _radiata_ of the coast, as well as the _acalephæ_ of the deeper waters, have shared the same neglect: and literally nothing has been done to collect and classify the infusoriæ and minuter zoophytes, the labours of Dr. Kelaart amongst the Diatomaceæ being the solitary exception.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon

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