Definition of star of Bethlehem in English:

star of Bethlehem


  • 1A prominent star that is said to have guided the Magi to the birthplace of the infant Jesus.

  • 2A plant of the lily family with star-shaped flowers that typically have green stripes on the outer surface, native to temperate regions of the Old World.

    Genera Ornithogalum and Gagea, family Liliaceae: several species, including the white-flowered O. umbellatum and the yellow-flowered G. luteum

    ‘Bach Rescue Remedy combines star of Bethlehem, rock rose, impatiens, cherry plum and clematis flower essences.’
    • ‘My father used to grow them in his gardens, along with oleander and star of Bethlehem.’
    • ‘The same is true for the common Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum).’
    • ‘Nodding Star of Bethlehem (O. nutans) is equally lovely when used for naturalizing.’
    • ‘Helen goes looking for the elusive Yellow Star of Bethlehem and the strange Toothwort.’


star of Bethlehem

/ˌstär əv ˈbeTHləˌhem/ /ˌstɑr əv ˈbɛθləˌhɛm/