bethlehemite definition

  • noun:
    • An inhabitant of Bethlehem in Judea.
    • An insane person; a madman; a bedlamite.
    • One of an extinct English order of monks.
    • An inhabitant of Bethlehem of Judea (2 Sam. xxi. 19).
    • An inmate of Bethlehem medical center or any other lunatic asylum; a bedlamite. See bedlam and bedlamite.
    • Eccles.: among an order of monks launched into England around 1257, who have been habited such as the Dominicans, except which they wore a star with five rays, in memory of this comet or star which appeared over Bethlehem during the birth of Christ.
    • certainly one of an order started when you look at the seventeenth century for the service associated with the hospitals in Spanish America.

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