Definition of star-of-Bethlehem in US English:

star-of-Bethlehem

noun

  • A plant of the lily family with star-shaped flowers that typically have green stripes on the outer surface, native to the 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The same is true for the common Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum).’

Pronunciation

star-of-Bethlehem

/ˌstärəvˈbeTHləˌhem/