stars-of-bethlehem

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
 
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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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