or·​ni·​thog·​a·​lum | \ ˌȯ(r)nəˈthägələm \

Definition of ornithogalum

1 capitalized : a large genus of Old World bulbous herbs (family Liliaceae) with basal leaves resembling grass and naked scapes bearing clusters of white, yellow, or greenish flowers with spreading perianth segments and flattened filaments — see star-of-bethlehem
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Ornithogalum

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History and Etymology for ornithogalum

New Latin, from Greek ornithogalon star-of-Bethlehem, from ornith- + -galon (from gala milk)

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“Ornithogalum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ornithogalum. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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