any plant of the genus Campanula, comprising the bellflowers.

Origin of campanula

1655–65; < New Latin, equivalent to Late Latin campān(a) bell (see campanile) + Latin -ula -ule Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for campanula

Historical Examples of campanula

  • In some kinds of Campanula a similar change is not uncommon.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • In Fuchsia and Campanula a like change may occasionally be observed.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Take the Leaves of Campanula, bruise them, and rub them upon the warts.

    The Toilet of Flora

    Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz

  • Little Harebell, Campanula rotundifolia (order Campanulace).

    Everyday Objects

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • Campanula chalice”: the bell of a flower, as of a Canterbury-bell.

British Dictionary definitions for campanula



any N temperate plant of the campanulaceous genus Campanula, typically having blue or white bell-shaped flowersAlso called: bellflower See also Canterbury bell, harebell

Word Origin for campanula

C17: from New Latin: a little bell, from Late Latin campāna bell; see campanile
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