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1. A group of stars not belonging to any of the 88 recognized constellations.
2. A noticeable pattern of stars that makes up part of one or more constellations; not a constellation itself.
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1. In astronomy, a cluster of stars (or a small constellation).
2. In mineralogy, a six-rayed star-shaped figure seen in some crystal structures under reflected or transmitted light.
3. Etymology: from Greek asterismos, from asterizein, "to arrange in constellations"; from aster-, "star".
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(Latin: something that is inferior, small, or shallow; expressing incomplete resemblance)