Definition of astroite in English:

astroite

(also astroites)

noun

historical
  • 1A star-shaped fossil, especially a stem ossicle from certain fossil crinoids. Now historical.

  • 2rare A form of stony coral having starlike apertures; = star stone. Now historical and rare.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From post-classical Latin astroites, former reading, e.g. in 16th-cent. editions of Pliny (where modern editions read classical Latin astriotes), apparently from ancient Greek ἄστρον star + classical Latin -ītēs.

Pronunciation

astroite

/ˈastrəʊʌɪt/