Beth"le*hem(), n. [Heb. bth-lekhem house of food; bth house + lekhem food, lkham 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.
(Arch.) In the Ethiopic church, a small building attached to a church edifice, in which the bread for the eucharist is made.
Beth"lem*ite(), } n. 1. An inhabitant of Bethlehem in Judea.
2. An insane person; a madman; a bedlamite.
3. One of an extinct English order of monks.
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