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.

Nearby words

  1. silvassa,
  2. silver,
  3. silver age,
  4. silver bass,
  5. silver beet,
  6. silver belly,
  7. silver birch,
  8. silver bromide,
  9. silver bullet,
  10. silver certificate

Origin of silver bell

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85

Also called silver-bell tree. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for silver bell

  • The flowers of trees give names to tulip tree, silver-bell tree, and fringe tree.

    Trees Worth Knowing|Julia Ellen Rogers

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 flowersAlso called: snowdrop tree
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