from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a bulbous liliaceous plant (Ornithogalum umbellatum) having a small white starlike flower.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Ornithogalum, particularly O. umbellatum: so called from its starlike flowers, which are pure-white within.
- n. One of a few plants of other genera, as Stellaria Holostea and Hypericum calycinum.
- n. See also Hypoxis and Gagea.
- n. In Australia, a plant of the lily family, Chamæscilla corymbosa.
- n. In Tasmania, Reya umbellata, an ornamental liliaceous plant having greenish-white flowers.
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- n. any of several perennial plants of the genus Ornithogalum native to the Mediterranean and having star-shaped flowers
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This lovely wildflower is known as star-of-bethlehem.
It's right by there that the star-of-bethlehem flowers are blooming.
In a similar manner young slender roots well anchored in the soil, at or near the close of the growing season, pull downward and outward large numbers of bulblets that form around a parent bulb of some kinds of leeks, tulips, star-of-bethlehem, globe hyacinth, and monkshood.