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Star of Bethlehem

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

star-of-Bethlehem

[stahr-uh v-beth-lee-uh m, -li-hem] /ˈstɑr əvˈbɛθ li əm, -lɪˌhɛm/
noun, plural stars-of-Bethlehem.
1.
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
1565-1575
1565-75
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British Dictionary definitions for Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

noun
1.
the star that is supposed to have appeared above Bethlehem at the birth of Christ

star-of-Bethlehem

noun
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
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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