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.