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 for Bethlehem
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bethlehem \Beth"le*hem\, n. [Heb. b[=e]th-lekhem house of food;
     b[=e]th house + lekhem food, l[=a]kham 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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Arch.) In the Ethiopic church, a small building attached
        to a church edifice, in which the bread for the eucharist
        is made. --Audsley.
        [1913 Webster] Bethlehemite

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Bethlehem
      n 1: a town in eastern Pennsylvania on the Lehigh River to the
           northwest of Philadelphia; an important center for steel
           production
      2: a small town near Jerusalem on the West Bank of the Jordan
         River; early home of David and regarded as the place where
         Jesus was born [syn: Bethlehem, Bayt Lahm, Bethlehem
         Ephrathah, Bethlehem-Judah]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Bethlehem
     house of bread. (1.) A city in the "hill country" of Judah. It
     was originally called Ephrath (Gen. 35:16, 19; 48:7; Ruth 4:11).
     It was also called Beth-lehem Ephratah (Micah 5:2),
     Beth-lehem-judah (1 Sam. 17:12), and "the city of David" (Luke
     2:4). It is first noticed in Scripture as the place where Rachel
     died and was buried "by the wayside," directly to the north of
     the city (Gen. 48:7). The valley to the east was the scene of
     the story of Ruth the Moabitess. There are the fields in which
     she gleaned, and the path by which she and Naomi returned to the
     town. Here was David's birth-place, and here also, in after
     years, he was anointed as king by Samuel (1 Sam. 16:4-13); and
     it was from the well of Bethlehem that three of his heroes
     brought water for him at the risk of their lives when he was in
     the cave of Adullam (2 Sam. 23:13-17). But it was distinguished
     above every other city as the birth-place of "Him whose goings
     forth have been of old" (Matt. 2:6; comp. Micah 5:2). Afterwards
     Herod, "when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men," sent
     and slew "all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all
     the coasts thereof, from two years old and under" (Matt. 2:16,
     18; Jer. 31:15).
     
       Bethlehem bears the modern name of Beit-Lahm, i.e., "house of
     flesh." It is about 5 miles south of Jerusalem, standing at an
     elevation of about 2,550 feet above the sea, thus 100 feet
     higher than Jerusalem.
     
       There is a church still existing, built by Constantine the
     Great (A.D. 330), called the "Church of the Nativity," over a
     grotto or cave called the "holy crypt," and said to be the
     "stable" in which Jesus was born. This is perhaps the oldest
     existing Christian church in the world. Close to it is another
     grotto, where Jerome the Latin father is said to have spent
     thirty years of his life in translating the Scriptures into
     Latin. (See VERSION.)
     
       (2.) A city of Zebulun, mentioned only in Josh. 19:15. Now
     Beit-Lahm, a ruined village about 6 miles west-north-west of
     Nazareth.
     

From Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's) :

  Beth-lehem, house of bread
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Bethlehem, NC -- U.S. Census Designated Place in North Carolina
     Population (2000):    3713
     Housing Units (2000): 1549
     Land area (2000):     7.594031 sq. miles (19.668449 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    1.313086 sq. miles (3.400877 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    8.907117 sq. miles (23.069326 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            05530
     Located within:       North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37
     Location:             35.812171 N, 81.293026 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Bethlehem, NC
      Bethlehem
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Bethlehem, GA -- U.S. town in Georgia
     Population (2000):    716
     Housing Units (2000): 265
     Land area (2000):     2.157709 sq. miles (5.588441 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    2.157709 sq. miles (5.588441 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            07612
     Located within:       Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
     Location:             33.936492 N, 83.710481 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     30620
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Bethlehem, GA
      Bethlehem
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Bethlehem, PA -- U.S. city in Pennsylvania
     Population (2000):    71329
     Housing Units (2000): 29631
     Land area (2000):     19.255333 sq. miles (49.871081 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.167156 sq. miles (0.432931 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    19.422489 sq. miles (50.304012 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            06088
     Located within:       Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42
     Location:             40.626198 N, 75.375673 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     18015 18018
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Bethlehem, PA
      Bethlehem
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Bethlehem, WV -- U.S. village in West Virginia
     Population (2000):    2651
     Housing Units (2000): 1169
     Land area (2000):     3.529233 sq. miles (9.140672 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    3.529233 sq. miles (9.140672 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            06940
     Located within:       West Virginia (WV), FIPS 54
     Location:             40.048761 N, 80.693601 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):    
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Bethlehem, WV
      Bethlehem
  

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