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Star grass at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

{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};
(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

{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

{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.

star grass at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Blazing \Blaz"ing\, a.
Burning with a blaze; as, a blazing fire; blazing torches.
--Sir W. Scott.

{Blazing star}.
(a) A comet. [Obs.]
(b) A brilliant center of attraction.
(c) (Bot.) A name given to several plants; as, to
{Cham[ae]lirium luteum} of the Lily family; {Liatris
squarrosa}; and {Aletris farinosa}, called also
{colicroot} and {star grass}.

star grass at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

star grass
n 1: any of several perennials of the genus Aletris having
grasslike leaves and bitter roots reputed to cure colic
[syn: {colicroot}, {colic root}, {crow corn}, {unicorn
2: any plant of the genus Hypoxis having long grasslike leaves
and yellow star-shaped flowers: Africa; Australia;
southern Asia; North America
3: trailing grass native to Europe now cosmopolitan in warm
regions; used for lawns and pastures especially in
southern United States and India [syn: {Bermuda grass}, {devil
grass}, {Bahama grass}, {kweek}, {doob}, {scutch grass}, {Cynodon
4: perennial Australian grass having numerous long spikes
arranged like the vanes of a windmill [syn: {windmill
grass}, {creeping windmill grass}, {Chloris truncata}]