any of numerous plants of the bellflower family, having blue, bell-shaped flowers, as a bellflower or harebell.
Also called wood hyacinth. an Old World plant, Endymion non-scriptus, of the lily family, having blue, bell-shaped flowers.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bluebell

Historical Examples of bluebell

  • 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



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
Also called: Spanish bluebell a similar and related plant, hispanica, widely grown in gardens and becoming naturalized
a Scot name for harebell
any of various other plants with blue bell-shaped flowers
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