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bluebell

[bloo-bel]
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noun
  1. any of numerous plants of the bellflower family, having blue, bell-shaped flowers, as a bellflower or harebell.
  2. Also called wood hyacinth. an Old World plant, Endymion non-scriptus, of the lily family, having blue, bell-shaped flowers.
  3. any of various other plants having blue flowers, as those of the genus Mertensia.

Origin of bluebell

First recorded in 1570–80; blue + bell1
Related formsblue·belled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bluebell

Historical Examples

  • Ailie's bluebell eyes were wide at the thought of pain for this little pet.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • He took me by the hand, and did the honors of the garden, presenting me with the bluebell of my choice.

    Dear Enemy

    Jean Webster

  • It was bluebell time, and the woods in the neighborhood would be a show.

  • The Bluebell or Harebell is one of our prettiest wildflowers.

  • The tall kinds would do in woods or copses like the bluebell.

    The Wild Garden

    William Robinson


British Dictionary definitions for bluebell

bluebell

noun
  1. Also called: wild hyacinth, wood hyacinth a European liliaceous woodland plant, Hyacinthoides (or Endymion) non-scripta, having a one-sided cluster of blue bell-shaped flowers
  2. Also called: Spanish bluebell a similar and related plant, hispanica, widely grown in gardens and becoming naturalized
  3. a Scot name for harebell
  4. any of various other plants with blue bell-shaped flowers
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