Question: Comparison of strings

I wish to compare five letter words in a list of 5 letter words with a string like "*e*d*".  The asterisks represent unknown letters; the e and d, known letters.  I wish to compare this string with each word in the list and discard any words which do not match.  I would end up with a list of matching words eg ["fends", "sends", . . .]   Is there a string function to compare partial matches?  I've looked at the compare and match commands,  but they don't seem applicable.

   Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

Regards, David 

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