[なんとろくせい, nantorokusei] (n) Milk Dipper; southern dipper asterism (star pattern) within Sagittarius [Add to Longdo]
Result from Foreign Dictionaries (2 entries found)
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Asterism \As`ter*ism\, n. [Gr. ?, fr. 'asth`r star; cf. F.
(a) A constellation. [Obs.]
(b) A small cluster of stars.
(a) An asterisk, or mark of reference. [R.]
(b) Three asterisks placed in this manner, [asterism], to
direct attention to a particular passage.
3. (Crystallog.) An optical property of some crystals which
exhibit a star-shaped by reflected light, as star
sapphire, or by transmitted light, as some mica.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
n 1: (mineralogy) a star-shaped figure with six rays that is
seen in some crystal structures under reflected or
2: (astronomy) a cluster of stars (or a small constellation)
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