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Some things that may come in handy someday are a little more sophisticated match patterns; as you know, the asterisk will match anything for any length. What if you want to find file (or directory) names that begins with (or ends with) a particular letter or digit?
Those patterns are [A-Z]* to match all upper case letters or [A-Z,a-z]* to match both upper- and lower case letters. A particular letter is matched [A]* (or simply A*) and a group of particular letters are matched by [ACZ]*; i.e., a name beginning with A, C or Z. Same with numbers; [0-9]*, * and so on. You can go crazy and look for all file (directory) names that begin with a, b, or c followed by any digit with [abc][0-9]*.
The above also works at the end of a pattern; e.g., *[A-Z].
If you want to find a particular pattern anywhere in a name, *stuff* will find stuff, stuffandnonsense, nonsenseandstuff and so on.
And, as kindly pointed out by catkin, to prevent shell expansion, all enclosed in quotes.