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Word of the Day 04/03/16 Asterism

Asterism (noun)
asterism [as-tuh-riz-uh m]


noun
1. Astronomy.
    a. a group of stars.
    b. a constellation.
2. Mineralogy. a property of some crystallized minerals of showing a starlike luminous figure in transmitted light or, in a cabochon-cut stone, by reflected light.
3. three asterisks ( or ) printed to draw attention to a passage it precedes.

Origin: 1590-1600; < Greek asterism (ós) a marking with stars. See asterisk, -ism

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