PRONUNCIATION: (noun: IN-star, verb: in-STAR)

MEANING: noun: A stage in the life of an insect between two molts, prior to reaching maturity.
verb tr.: To make a star or decorate using stars.

ETYMOLOGY: For noun: From Latin instar (image, form). Earliest documented use: 1895.
For verb: From in- (in, into) + star, from Old English steorra (star). Earliest documented use: 1592.

INSTARE - to look longingly from the outside through a shop window

INSITAR - the location of objects dropped into the soundhole of an Indian musical insrtument

UNSTAR - to remove an award for special excellence