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[hair-bel] /ˈhɛərˌbɛl/
a low plant, Campanula rotundifolia, of the bellflower family, having narrow leaves and blue, bell-shaped flowers.
a plant, Endymion nonscriptus, of the lily family, having long, one-sided clusters of bell-shaped flowers.
Origin of harebell
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at hare, bell1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What may I say to the harebell supposing she asks me this question?

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • The mountains had stood around to shelter her, and she was like the harebell of the hills.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • The Bluebell or harebell is one of our prettiest wildflowers.

  • "I merely wanted to ask you to give me a little shake," said the harebell.

  • And the poppy looked at the harebell and asked, "Where do you come from?"

  • A harebell blue on a tuft of moss In the wind her bells did toss.

    Countess Kate Charlotte M. Yonge
  • An Alpine harebell is as different from an oleander as I am from a natural-born artist.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • Bell-shaped, of the shape of a bell, as the corolla of harebell, 90.

  • Poised on yonder sprig of harebell stands a little purple-winged butterfly, one of the most exquisite among our British kinds.

  • There is quite difference of style enough, between a violet and a harebell, for all reasonable purposes.

British Dictionary definitions for harebell


a N temperate campanulaceous plant, Campanula rotundifolia, having slender stems and leaves, and bell-shaped pale blue flowers Also called (in Scotland) bluebell
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