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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several North American perennial herbs of the genus Dodecatheon, having nodding flowers with reflexed petals.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as falling-star. See star.
  • noun The American cowslip. Dodecatheon Meadia: so called from the bright nodding flowers, which, from the lobes of the corolla being reflexed, present an appearance of rapid motion.

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  • noun A meteor, especially a streak of light in the night sky, caused by a meteoroid burning up as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • noun Any of several wild flowering plants in the genus Dodecatheon, mostly found in Western North America.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a streak of light in the sky at night that results when a meteoroid hits the earth's atmosphere and air friction causes the meteoroid to melt or vaporize or explode

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  • folk name for a number of different and often unrelated flowers, among them Dodecatheon clevelandii

    Folk name for a meteor

    January 21, 2008

  • The Lockheed P/F-80, the first operational jet fighter used by the U.S. More on Wikipedia.

    December 30, 2008