a diminutive or pejorative suffix denoting something that imperfectly resembles or mimics the true thing: criticaster; poetaster, oleaster.
[ < L]
Chiefly Biol. a combining form with the meaning "star," used in the formation of compound words: diaster.
[ < Gk astér STAR; cf. ASTRO-]

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Universalium. 2010.

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