Definitions for ASTERˈæs tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

as•terˈæs tər(n.)

  1. any composite plant of the genus Aster, having rays varying from white or pink to blue around a yellow disk.

    Category: Plants

  2. a plant of some allied genus, as the China aster.

    Category: Plants

  3. a structure formed in a cell during mitosis, composed of astral rays radiating about the centrosome.

    Category: Cell Biology

Origin of aster:

1595–1605; < L < Gk astḗrstar

-aster

  1. a suffix used to form nouns denoting something that imperfectly resembles or mimics the true thing:

    criticaster; poetaster.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -aster:

< L

-aster

  1. a combining form with the meaning “star”:

    cotoneaster.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -aster:

< Gk astḗrstar ; cf. astro -

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aster(noun)

    any of various chiefly fall-blooming herbs of the genus Aster with showy daisylike flowers

  2. aster(noun)

    star-shaped structure formed in the cytoplasm of a cell having fibers like rays that surround the centrosome during mitosis

Wiktionary

  1. aster(Noun)

    A star.

  2. aster(Noun)

    Any of several plants of the genus Aster; one of its flowers.

  3. aster(Noun)

    A star-shaped structure formed during the mitosis of a cell.

  4. Origin: From aster, from ἀστήρ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aster(noun)

    a genus of herbs with compound white or bluish flowers; starwort; Michaelmas daisy

  2. Aster(noun)

    a plant of the genus Callistephus. Many varieties (called China asters, German asters, etc.) are cultivated for their handsome compound flowers

Freebase

  1. Aster

    Aster is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Its circumscription has been narrowed, and it now encompasses around 180 species, all but one of which are restricted to Eurasia; many species formerly in Aster are now in other genera of the tribe Astereae.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Aster

    of Amphipolis, an archer who offered his services to Philip of Macedon, boasting of his skill in bringing down birds on the wing, and to whom Philip had replied he would accept them when he made war on the birds. Aster, to be revenged, sped an arrow from the wall of a town Philip was besieging, inscribed, "To the right eye of Philip," which took effect; whereupon Philip sped back another with the words, "When Philip takes the town, Aster will hang for it," and he was true to his word.


Translations for ASTER

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

chrysanthemum(noun)

a type of garden flower with a large, bushy head.

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