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Etymology

From Ancient Greek ἀστερισμός (group of stars), from ἀστήρ (star).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈastəɹɪzəm/

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asterism

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  1. (astronomy) A small group of stars that forms a visible pattern but is not an official constellation.
  2. A rarely used typographical symbol (, three asterisks arranged in a triangle), used to call attention to a passage or to separate sub-chapters in a book.
  3. (mineralogy) A star-shaped figure exhibited by some crystals by reflected light (as in a star sapphire) or by transmitted light (as in some mica).

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