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.
Any of several similar or related plants.
(bible, place, proper) The bright star over Bethlehem at the birth of Jesus, guiding the Magi: Matt. 2:1-10
A bulbous plant (Ornithogalum umbellatum) of the lily family, with white, star-shaped flowers and long, narrow leaves.
Origin of star-of-bethlehem
- After the star that guided the Magi to Bethlehem
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition