[bel-wurt, -wawrt]


a plant of the genus Uvularia, of the lily family, having a delicate, bell-shaped yellow flower.

Origin of bellwort

First recorded in 1775–85; bell1 + wort2
Also called merry-bells. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bellwort

Historical Examples of bellwort

  • Bellwort is a little yellowish lily common in the May woods.


    Alan Douglas

  • The May flowers and bloodroot have gone, the anemonies and bellwort have come and the violets are coming.

    Letters to His Children

    Theodore Roosevelt

British Dictionary definitions for bellwort


noun US

any plant of the North American liliaceous genus Uvularia, having slender bell-shaped yellow flowers
another name for campanula
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