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 for fallen star
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nostoc \Nos"toc\, prop. n. [F.] (Bot.)
     A genus of algae. The plants are composed of moniliform cells
     imbedded in a gelatinous substance.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Nostoc commune is found on the ground, and is
           ordinarily not seen; but after a rain it swells up into
           a conspicuous jellylike mass, which was formerly
           supposed to have fallen from the sky, whence the
           popular names, fallen star and star jelly. Also
           called witches' butter.
           [1913 Webster]

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