star-of-Bethlehem

noun
star-of-Beth·​le·​hem | \ -ˈbeth-li-ˌhem How to pronounce star-of-Bethlehem (audio) , -lē-(h)əm \

Definition of star-of-Bethlehem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

star of Bethlehem

noun phrase

Definition of star of Bethlehem (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of star-of-Bethlehem

Noun

1573, in the meaning defined above

Noun phrase

1789, in the meaning defined above

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“Star-of-Bethlehem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/star-of-Bethlehem. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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