Meaning of ASTEROID in English

I. ˈas-tə-ˌrȯid noun

Etymology: Greek asteroeidēs starlike, from aster-, astēr

Date: 1802

1. : any of the small rocky celestial bodies found especially between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter

2. : starfish

• as·ter·oi·dal ˌas-tə-ˈrȯi-d ə l adjective

II. adjective

Date: 1854

1. : resembling a star

asteroid bodies in sporotrichosis

2. : of or resembling a starfish

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