Word of the day

The word for today is…

stardust (noun) – 1. Charm or attractiveness that stems from celebrity and tends to forestall criticism.
2. A dreamlike, romantic, or uncritical sense of well-being.
3. (a). Dust formed in very hot gasses ejected from stellar atmospheres or in supernova explosions.
(b) A cluster of stars too distant to be seen individually, resembling a dimly luminous cloud of dust. Not in scientific use.
(c) Minute particles of matter that fall to Earth from the stars. Not in scientific use.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Also star-dust, 1836 in reference to irresolvable nebulas among star-fields in telescopic views; 1868 as “meteoric dust,” from star + dust.


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