HyperDic: asterism

English > 2 senses of the word asterism:
NOUNshapeasterism(mineralogy) a star-shaped figure with six rays that is seen in some crystal structures under reflected or transmitted light
objectasterism(astronomy) a cluster of stars (or a small constellation)
English > asterism: 2 senses > noun 1, shape
Meaning(mineralogy) a star-shaped figure with six rays that is seen in some crystal structures under reflected or transmitted light.
CategorymineralogyThe branch of geology that studies minerals
BroaderstarA plane figure with 5 or more points
Spanishasterismo
Adjectivesasteriated(of some crystals especially gemstones) exhibiting asterism
English > asterism: 2 senses > noun 2, object
Meaning(astronomy) a cluster of stars (or a small constellation).
Categoryastronomy, uranologyThe branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
InstancesBig Dipper, Dipper, Plough, Charles's Wain, Wain, WagonA group of seven bright stars in the constellation Ursa Major
Little Dipper, DipperA cluster of seven stars in Ursa Minor
Member ofconstellationA configuration of stars as seen from the earth
Broadernatural objectAn object occurring naturally
Spanishasterismo
Catalanasterisme
Adjectivesasterismalrelating to asterisms or constellations

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