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As"ter (as"tər), n. [L. aster aster, star, Gr. 'asth`r star. See Star.]

1. (Bot.)

A genus of herbs with compound white or bluish flowers; starwort; Michaelmas daisy.

2. (Floriculture)

A plant of the genus Callistephus. Many varieties (called China asters, German asters, etc.) are cultivated for their handsome compound flowers.


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As"ter, n. (Biol.)

A star- shaped figure of achromatic substance found chiefly in cells dividing by mitosis.


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