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{Blazing star}, {Double star}, {Multiple star}, {Shooting
star}, etc. See under {Blazing}, {Double}, etc.

{Nebulous star} (Astron.), a small well-defined circular
nebula, having a bright nucleus at its center like a star.


{Star anise} (Bot.), any plant of the genus Illicium; -- so
called from its star-shaped capsules.

{Star apple} (Bot.), a tropical American tree ({Chrysophyllum
Cainito}), having a milky juice and oblong leaves with a
silky-golden pubescence beneath. It bears an applelike
fruit, the carpels of which present a starlike figure when
cut across. The name is extended to the whole genus of
about sixty species, and the natural order
({Sapotace[ae]}) to which it belongs is called the
Star-apple family.

{Star conner}, one who cons, or studies, the stars; an
astronomer or an astrologer. --Gascoigne.

{Star coral} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of stony
corals belonging to {Astr[ae]a}, {Orbicella}, and allied
genera, in which the calicles are round or polygonal and
contain conspicuous radiating septa.

{Star cucumber}. (Bot.) See under {Cucumber}.

{Star flower}. (Bot.)
(a) A plant of the genus {Ornithogalum};
star-of-Bethlehem.
(b) See {Starwort}
(b) .
(c) An American plant of the genus {Trientalis}
({Trientalis Americana}). --Gray.

{Star fort} (Fort.), a fort surrounded on the exterior with
projecting angles; -- whence the name.

{Star gauge} (Ordnance), a long rod, with adjustable points
projecting radially at its end, for measuring the size of
different parts of the bore of a gun.

{Star grass}. (Bot.)
(a) A small grasslike plant ({Hypoxis erecta}) having
star-shaped yellow flowers.
(b) The colicroot. See {Colicroot}.

{Star hyacinth} (Bot.), a bulbous plant of the genus {Scilla}
({S. autumnalis}); -- called also {star-headed hyacinth}.


{Star jelly} (Bot.), any one of several gelatinous plants
({Nostoc commune}, {N. edule}, etc.). See {Nostoc}.

{Star lizard}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Stellion}.

{Star-of-Bethlehem} (Bot.), a bulbous liliaceous plant
({Ornithogalum umbellatum}) having a small white starlike
flower.

{Star-of-the-earth} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Plantago}
({P. coronopus}), growing upon the seashore.

{Star polygon} (Geom.), a polygon whose sides cut each other
so as to form a star-shaped figure.

{Stars and Stripes}, a popular name for the flag of the
United States, which consists of thirteen horizontal
stripes, alternately red and white, and a union having, in
a blue field, white stars to represent the several States,
one for each.

With the old flag, the true American flag, the
Eagle, and the Stars and Stripes, waving over the
chamber in which we sit. --D. Webster.

{Star showers}. See {Shooting star}, under {Shooting}.

{Star thistle} (Bot.), an annual composite plant ({Centaurea
solstitialis}) having the involucre armed with radiating
spines.

{Star wheel} (Mach.), a star-shaped disk, used as a kind of
ratchet wheel, in repeating watches and the feed motions
of some machines.

{Star worm} (Zo["o]l.), a gephyrean.

{Temporary star} (Astron.), a star which appears suddenly,
shines for a period, and then nearly or quite disappears.
These stars are supposed by some astronometers to be
variable stars of long and undetermined periods.

{Variable star} (Astron.), a star whose brilliancy varies
periodically, generally with regularity, but sometimes
irregularly; -- called {periodical star} when its changes
occur at fixed periods.

{Water star grass} (Bot.), an aquatic plant ({Schollera
graminea}) with small yellow starlike blossoms.

Cucumber \Cu"cum*ber\ (k?`k?m-b?r, formerly kou"k?m-b?r), n.[OE.
cucumer, cocumber, cucumber, fr. L. cucmis, gen. cucumeris;
cf. OF. cocombre,F. concombre.] (Bot.)
A creeping plant, and its fruit, of several species of the
genus {Cucumis}, esp. {Cucumis sativus}, the unripe fruit of
which is eaten either fresh or picked. Also, similar plants
or fruits of several other genera. See below.

{Bitter cucumber} (Bot.), the {Citrullus or Cucumis
Colocynthis}. See {Colocynth}.

{Cucumber beetle.} (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A small, black flea-beetle ({Crepidodera cucumeris}),
which destroys the leaves of cucumber, squash, and melon
vines.
(b) The squash beetle.

{Cucumber tree}.
(a) A large ornamental or shade tree of the genus {Magnolia}
{(M. acuminata)}, so called from a slight resemblance of
its young fruit to a small cucumber.
(b) An East Indian plant ({Averrhoa Bilimbi}) which produces
the fruit known as bilimbi.

{Jamaica cucumber}, {Jerusalem cucumber}, the prickly-fruited
gherkin ({Cucumis Anguria}).

{Snake cucumber}, a species ({Cucumis flexuosus}) remarkable
for its long, curiously-shaped fruit.

{Squirting cucumber}, a plant ({Ecbalium Elaterium}) whose
small oval fruit separates from the footstalk when ripe
and expels its seeds and juice with considerable force
through the opening thus made. See {Elaterium}.

{Star cucumber}, a climbing weed ({Sicyos angulatus}) with
prickly fruit.