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Originally appearing in Volume V25, Page 784 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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STAR, the general term for the luminous bodies seen in the heavens; used also by analogy for star-shaped ornaments (see MEDAL; Orders and Decorations) or other objects, and figuratively for persons of conspicuous brilliance. The word is common to many branches of languages: in Teutonic two forms appear, starre or sterre (cf. Du. ster), and sterne, or stern (cf. Ger. Stern, and the Scand. stjerna, stjerna, &c.). From Lat. stella, are derived Span. and Port. estrella, and Fr. etoile. Only two copies of the orginal Leiden edition of Stanyhurst's translation of Virgil are known to be in existence. In this edition his orthographical cranks are preserved. A reprint in 1583 by Henry Bynneman forms the basis of J. Maidment's edition (Edinburgh, 1836), and of Professor E. Arber's reprint (188o), which contains an excellent introduction. Stanyhurst's Latin works include De rebus in Hibernia gestis (Antwerp, 1584) and a life of St Patrick (1587).
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