from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of ornamental plants of the order Liliaceæ and the tribe Scilleæ, known by the spreading distinct perianth-segments and flattened filaments.
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- n. sometimes placed in family Hyacinthaceae
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He began tearing out the ornithogalum and tossing its remains onto the lawn.
Mr. Matheson rose from his efforts with the ornithogalum.
Mr. Matheson waved off the accusation by flipping a trailing stem of ornithogalum over his shoulder.
And before the vicar could expound further on his religious philosophy which she could see he was warming to do since he abandoned the ornithogalum and rubbed his hands together she asked if they'd seen any strangers in the area in the days prior to the fete.
Later authorities incline to think it the bulbous root of the Star of Bethlehem (ornithogalum, i.e. bird-milk), a common root in Palestine, and sometimes eaten.
The vicar said, "We should have a fine show from the ranunculi, my dear, if the weather cooperates," to which his wife replied, "But we've seen the best of the ornithogalum, haven't we?