plural startsy

MEANING: noun: A religious teacher or adviser.

ETYMOLOGY: From Russian starets (elder). In the Eastern Orthodox Church a starets is a spiritual adviser who is not necessarily a priest. Earliest documented use: 1923.

STARETSK - plainclothes cop from a 70s TV show. (pl STARTSKY, usually found working with HUTCH)

STARETH - see title above

OSTARETS - miniature blenders

STARPETS - Lassie, and Rin-Tin-Tin, and sometimes Topper's Neil or The Thin Man's Asta.
(Do I date myself, or what? And why are they all dogs?)