[ bel-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈbɛlˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /


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

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

    Letters to His Children|Theodore Roosevelt
  • Bellwort is a little yellowish lily common in the May woods.

    Woodcraft|Alan Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for bellwort


/ (ˈbɛlˌwɜːt) /

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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