Beth"le*hem (&?;), n. [Heb. bēth-
lekhem house of food; bēth house + lekhem food,
lākham to eat. Formerly the name of a hospital for the insane,
in London, which had been the priory of St. Mary of Bethlehem. Cf.
Bedlam.] 1. A hospital for lunatics; --
corrupted into bedlam.
2. (Arch.) In the Ethiopic church, a small
building attached to a church edifice, in which the bread for the eucharist
is made. Audsley.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Bethlehem (3), a village 6 m. S. of Jerusalem, the birthplace of
Jesus Christ and King David, with a convent containing the Church of the
Nativity; near it is the grotto where St. Jerome translated the Bible
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