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n. pl. star-of-Bethlehem or stars-of-Bethlehem (stärz′-)
1. Any of various bulbous perennial herbs of the genus Ornithogalum, especially O. umbellatum, native to the Mediterranean region and having narrow leaves and a cluster of star-shaped white flowers.
2. Any of several similar or related plants.

[After the star that guided the Magi to Bethlehem.]
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1. (Plants) Also called: starflower a Eurasian liliaceous plant, Ornithogalum umbellatum, naturalized in the eastern US, having narrow leaves and starlike white flowers
2. (Plants) any of several similar and related plants
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Star′ of Beth′lehem

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


n., pl. stars-of-Bethlehem.
1. any plant of the genus Ornithogalum, of the lily family, having grasslike leaves and white, star-shaped flowers.
2. any of various starflowers.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - any of several perennial plants of the genus Ornithogalum native to the Mediterranean and having star-shaped flowers
genus Ornithogalum, Ornithogalum - sometimes placed in family Hyacinthaceae
Ornithogalum umbellatum, starflower, summer snowflake - common Old World herb having grasslike leaves and clusters of star-shaped white flowers with green stripes; naturalized in the eastern United States
bath asparagus, Ornithogalum pyrenaicum, Prussian asparagus - Old World star of Bethlehem having edible young shoots
chincherinchee, Ornithogalum thyrsoides, wonder flower - South African perennial with long-lasting spikes of white blossoms that are shipped in to Europe and America for use as winter cut flowers
bulbous plant - plant growing from a bulb
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