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star shell

n.
An artillery shell that explodes in midair with a shower of lights, used for illumination and signaling.

star shell

n
(Military) an artillery shell containing a flare or other illuminant: often containing a parachute to prolong the descent of the illuminating material

star′ shell`


n.
a shell that bursts in the air and produces a bright light to illuminate enemy positions.
[1875–80]
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Noun1.star shell - an artillery shell containing an illuminant
flare, flash - a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
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