from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An inhabitant of Bethlehem in Judea.
  • n. An insane person; a madman; a bedlamite.
  • n. One of an extinct English order of monks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An inhabitant of Bethlehem of Judea (2 Sam. xxi. 19).
  • n. An inmate of Bethlehem hospital or other lunatic asylum; a bedlamite. See bedlam and bedlamite.
  • n. Eccles.: One of an order of monks introduced into England in the year 1257, who were habited like the Dominicans, except that they wore a star with five rays, in memory of the comet or star which appeared over Bethlehem at the birth of Christ.
  • n. One of an order founded in the seventeenth century for the service of the hospitals in Spanish America.


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