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1. Any of several small plants of the genus Trientalis, especially the North American species T. borealis, having white starlike flowers.
2. Any of several plants having starlike flowers.
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(Plants) any of several plants with starlike flowers, esp the star-of-Bethlehem
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(ˈstɑrˌflaʊ ər)

any of several plants having starlike flowers, as the star-of-Bethlehem or any plant belonging to the genus Trientalis of the primrose family.
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Noun1.starflower - common Old World herb having grasslike leaves and clusters of star-shaped white flowers with green stripesstarflower - common Old World herb having grasslike leaves and clusters of star-shaped white flowers with green stripes; naturalized in the eastern United States
star-of-Bethlehem - any of several perennial plants of the genus Ornithogalum native to the Mediterranean and having star-shaped flowers
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That bridge led Anne's dancing feet up over a wooded hill beyond, where perpetual twilight reigned under the straight, thick-growing firs and spruces; the only flowers there were myriads of delicate "June bells," those shyest and sweetest of woodland blooms, and a few pale, aerial starflowers, like the spirits of last year's blossoms.
The soon-to-be-released album, Rimur, explores the relationship of Iceland and Norway through traditional, mediaeval, and improvisational music and in The Magical Forest they join forces with the quintet, Starflowers. This album involves collaboration with others from Finland, Sweden, and Norway, including Arve Henriksen, an impressive improviser/trumpet player from Norway and Sinikka Langeland, a traditional folk singer and performer on the Finnish zither (kantele), known for her boundary defying work along with jazz musicians.
The lettuce, which students had freshly harvested from the school garden earlier in the day, was topped with tiny bright blue flowers called borage, also known as starflowers.
"The Six Swans" is a magically illustrated reframing of the traditional Grimm fairy tale about a devoted sister who silently sewed six magical swan shirts of starflowers to rescue her six brothers from the enchantment of an evil stepmother.
(lines 61-66) Miracle builds on miracle, with sentient glimmers that leap onto starflowers that turn to heirlooms, meanwhile incorporating allusion to both the Old Testament (Daniel 7:10, the "swift stream of fire") and the New (Revelation 22:1, the "river of the water of life, clear as crystal").