star-of-Bethlehem

noun star-of-Beth·le·hem \ -ˈbeth-li-ˌhem , -lē-(h)əm \

Definition of star-of-Bethlehem

: any of various Old World bulbous herbs (genus Ornithogalum) of the lily family with basal leaves resembling grass; especially : one (O. umbellatum) with white star-shaped flowers that is naturalized in the eastern U.S.

First Known Use of star-of-bethlehem

1573

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star of Bethlehem

noun phrase

Definition of star of Bethlehem

: a star which according to Christian tradition guided the Magi to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem

First Known Use of star of bethlehem

1789

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