Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

noun
the star that guided the Magi to the manger of the infant Jesus in Bethlehem. Matt. 2:1–10.
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star-of-Bethlehem

[stahr-uhv-beth-lee-uhm, -li-hem]
noun, plural stars-of-Bethlehem.
any of several plants belonging to the genus Ornithogalum, of the lily family, having grasslike leaves and clusters of white flowers.
Also called summer snowflake.


Origin:
1565–75

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star-of-Bethlehem
 
n
1.  Also called: starflower a Eurasian liliaceous plant, Ornithogalum umbellatum, naturalized in the eastern US, having narrow leaves and starlike white flowers
2.  any of several similar and related plants

Star of Bethlehem
 
n
the star that is supposed to have appeared above Bethlehem at the birth of Christ

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star of bethlehem

celestial phenomenon mentioned in the Gospel According to Matthew as leading "wise men from the East" to the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Natural events that might well have been considered important omens and described as stars include exploding stars (novae and supernovae), comets (Halley's Comet was visible in 12 and 11 BC), meteors, and planetary conjunctions-i.e., apparent close approaches of two or more planets to each other

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