1. Of, relating to, emanating from, or resembling the stars.
2. Biology Of, relating to, or shaped like the mitotic aster; star-shaped.
3. Of or relating to a supersensible body believed by theosophists to coexist with and survive the death of the human physical body: an astral body; astral projection.
[Late Latin astrālis, from Latin astrum, star, from Greek astron; see ster-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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