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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.
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.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.