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1A translucent gelatinous mass found on the ground, vegetation, etc., once popularly supposed to result from the fall of meteors but now generally identified as colonies of the cyanobacteria Nostoc; = star jelly. Formerly also attributive in "†star-shot jelly". Now historical and rare.
2A type of shot, the pieces of which consist of (typically) four iron bars fastened at one end to a circular link.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Ford (bap. 1586, d. a1653), playwright. From star + shot.
star shot/ˈstɑː ʃɒt/
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