from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. The American cowslip (Dodecatheon Meadia). See under Cowslip.
  • n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as falling-star. See star.
  • n. 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.

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

  • n. 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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  • I was still staring at this phenomenon when the long streak of a shooting star brought my mind back to our heat-shield problem.

    Riding Rockets

  • In just a few hours that would beAtlantis …a shooting star blazing across the Pacific with a tail of ionized gas a thousand miles long.

    Riding Rockets

  • It flew from his grasp like a shooting star and folk clamoured and feared for Sharrkan; but, as the spear flew near him, he put out his hand and caught it in full flight to the amazement of all who saw the sight.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • But he knew that in the Graveyard of Lost Ships, it was a shooting star in the night sky, a perfect omen for making wishes come true.


  • These were lapel pins fashioned in the shape of the official astronaut symbol, a three-rayed shooting star passing through an ellipse.

    Riding Rockets


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

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