Star anise
Star Star (st[aum]r), n. [OE. sterre, AS. steorra; akin to OFries. stera, OS. sterro, D. ster, OHG. sterno, sterro, G. stern, Icel. stjarna, Sw. stjerna, Dan. stierne, Goth. sta['i]rn[=o], Armor. & Corn. steren, L. stella, Gr. 'asth`r, 'a`stron, Skr. star; perhaps from a root meaning, to scatter, Skr. st[.r], L. sternere (cf. {Stratum}), and originally applied to the stars as being strewn over the sky, or as being scatterers or spreaders of light. [root]296. Cf. {Aster}, {Asteroid}, {Constellation}, {Disaster}, {Stellar}.] 1. One of the innumerable luminous bodies seen in the heavens; any heavenly body other than the sun, moon, comets, and nebul[ae]. [1913 Webster]

His eyen twinkled in his head aright, As do the stars in the frosty night. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Note: The stars are distinguished as {planets}, and {fixed stars}. See {Planet}, {Fixed stars} under {Fixed}, and {Magnitude of a star} under {Magnitude}. [1913 Webster]

2. The polestar; the north star. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Astrol.) A planet supposed to influence one's destiny; (usually pl.) a configuration of the planets, supposed to influence fortune. [1913 Webster]

O malignant and ill-brooding stars. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Blesses his stars, and thinks it luxury. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. That which resembles the figure of a star, as an ornament worn on the breast to indicate rank or honor. [1913 Webster]

On whom . . . Lavish Honor showered all her stars. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

5. Specifically, a radiated mark in writing or printing; an asterisk [thus, *]; -- used as a reference to a note, or to fill a blank where something is omitted, etc. [1913 Webster]

6. (Pyrotechny) A composition of combustible matter used in the heading of rockets, in mines, etc., which, exploding in the air, presents a starlike appearance. [1913 Webster]

7. A person of brilliant and attractive qualities, especially on public occasions, as a distinguished orator, a leading theatrical performer, etc. [1913 Webster]

Note: Star is used in the formation of compound words generally of obvious signification; as, star-aspiring, star-bespangled, star-bestudded, star-blasting, star-bright, star-crowned, star-directed, star-eyed, star-headed, star-paved, star-roofed, star-sprinkled, star-wreathed. [1913 Webster]

{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 {P} ({Plantago 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 stout 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 were supposed by some astronomers to be variable stars of long and undetermined periods. More recently, variations star in start intensity are classified more specifically, and this term is now obsolescent. See also {nova}. [Obsolescent]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • star-anise — see under ↑star1 • • • Main Entry: ↑anise * * * star anise, 1. a shrub or small tree of the magnolia family, native to Asia, having purplish red flowers and fruits of anise scent. 2. a spice obtained from the fruit …   Useful english dictionary

  • Star anise — Taxobox name = Star anise image width = 250px image caption = Star anise fruits ( Illicium verum ) regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Austrobaileyales familia = Illiciaceae genus = Illicium species = I. verum… …   Wikipedia

  • star anise — noun 1. small tree of China and Vietnam bearing anise scented star shaped fruit used in food and medicinally as a carminative • Syn: ↑Chinese anise, ↑Illicium verum • Hypernyms: ↑anise tree • Member Holonyms: ↑Illicium, ↑genus Illicium …   Useful english dictionary

  • star-anise — tikrasis žvaigždanyžis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Žvaigždanyžinių šeimos prieskoninis, vaistinis augalas (Illicium verum), paplitęs Azijos rytuose ir pietryčiuose. Naudojamas maisto priedams (kvėpikliams) gaminti. atitikmenys: lot.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • star anise — žvaigždanyžis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Žvaigždanyžinių (Illiciaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Illicium). atitikmenys: lot. Illicium angl. anise tree; star anise vok. Sternanis; Sternanisbaum rus. бадьян; звездчатый анис; иллициум lenk.… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • star anise — noun 1》 a small star shaped fruit with an aniseed flavour, used in Asian cookery. 2》 a Chinese tree from which star anise is obtained. [Illicium verum.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • star-anise — /star ˈænəs/ (say stahr anuhs), /star əˈnis/ (say stahr uh nees) noun 1. an aromatic, evergreen shrub or small tree, Illicium anisatum, native to Japan. 2. the fruit of this plant used as a spice …   Australian English dictionary

  • star anise — 1. Also called Chinese anise. a shrub or small tree, Illicium verum, of China, having white flowers that turn purple and bearing anise scented, star shaped clusters of carminative fruit. 2. the fruit of this tree or shrub, used as a spice. [1830… …   Universalium

  • star anise — noun Date: 1838 the small brown star shaped pungent fruit of a Chinese and Vietnamese tree (Illicium verum) that has a flavor similar to but stronger than anise and is dried and used whole or ground as a spice especially in Chinese cooking …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • star anise — noun A plant, Illicium verum, used primarily for its star shaped seed which resembles anise in scent and flavor, and which is used as a spice. Valued for its decorative shape as well as its flavor. Also used commercially as a source of shikimic… …   Wiktionary

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