n. pl. star-of-Bethlehem or stars-of-Bethlehem (stärz′-)
1. 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.
2. Any of several similar or related plants.
[After the star that guided the Magi to Bethlehem.]
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