One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1the morning starA planet, especially Venus, when visible in the east before sunrise.
- ‘To the Greeks this changeable planet was given two names, Apollo for when it appeared as a morning star and Hermes when it came as an evening star.’
- ‘The morning star glitters brightly in the still-dark eastern sky, hanging above the spot where the sun will rise an hour or more from now.’
- ‘They rode off at the first sign of the morning star.’
- ‘He also recognised that the orbit of the Moon was inclined to the equator of the Earth and he was one of the first to realise that Venus as an evening star was the same planet as Venus as a morning star.’
- ‘Astronomers now know, of course, that the morning star and the evening star are one and the same heavenly body, namely, the planet Venus.’
- ‘Jian Chi remained still as he eyed the sky throughout the night, watching it disappear into the verdant clearing and let the morning star arise from its sleep.’
- ‘So, every night, they collected a pile of dry wood, ready to be set afire as soon as the morning star appeared.’
- ‘In the background, the coming dawn and morning star all suggest new beginnings.’
2historical A club with a heavy spiked head, sometimes attached to the handle by a chain.
- ‘The man let out a groan of pain, as one of the spikes in the morning star had stuck into his leg.’
- ‘Cecil mustered what was left of his strength and jumped backwards, narrowly avoiding a whirling morning star.’
- ‘The period of heavy personal armor was accompanied by the development of weapons that would crack (axe, morning star, war hammer and mace) it or slip through its gaps (misericorde dagger), to penetrate the body inside.’
- ‘A second before the man threw down the axe into Daniels' head, Daniels threw the morning star at him and leaped out of the axe's path.’
- ‘William is capable, however, of smashing through any castle wall or suit of armor with his morning star.’
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