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silver bell

any North American shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Halesia, of the storax family, having toothed leaves and drooping white, bell-shaped flowers.
Also called silver-bell tree.
Origin of silver bell
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His words, esteemed, for a definite reason were as the jade-clappered melody of a silver bell.

    The Mirror of Kong Ho Ernest Bramah
  • "Mr. King he releasing you for to-night," announced the silver bell voice.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • The other stretched out a skinny hand from the fur coverings and rang a silver bell.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • I thought then that her voice was like a silver bell, but made no other remark upon her.

    The Privateersman Frederick Marryat
  • She only laughed like a silver bell, shook her head, and left on Sepperl's cheek a happy kiss!

    Just Sixteen. Susan Coolidge
  • It fell on his ears like the note of a silver bell dropping from the skies.

  • As she spoke she extended her hand towards a silver bell that stood on a table near her.

    Captain Kyd, Vol. II Joseph Holt Ingraham
  • He struck a silver bell, and ordered Tigellinus to be summoned.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • Her talk drowns out the sound of the silver bell and drives me nearly mad.

  • Then at last she spoke, low indeed, but clearly as a silver bell.

    Allan Quatermain H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for silver bell

silver bell

any of various deciduous trees of the styracaceous genus Halesia, esp H. carolina, of North America and China, having white bell-shaped flowers Also called snowdrop tree
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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