How aab*e*cd*a is a matching pattern?

aabecd*a is mentioned as a matching pattern in the question table.

The * operator means that the character preceding it may or may not appear any number of times in the string. In aab*e*cd*a, the character e is followed by the * operator, meaning that it may not appear in the string at all. Therefore, the regular expression matches the string aabbbbbcdda.

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