star-of-Bethlehem

noun
star-of-Beth·le·hem | \ -ˈbeth-li-ˌhem , -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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