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Definition of "bluebell" [blue•bell]

  • Any of several bulbous plants of the genus Hyacinthoides (syn. Endymion) in the lily family, native to western Europe and northwest Africa and having racemes of usually blue to pink bell-shaped flowers. Also called wood hyacinth. (noun)
  • Any of numerous plants of the genus Mertensia, native to Asia, Europe, and North America and having blue, trumpet-shaped flowers. (noun)
  • See harebell. (noun)
  • Any of several other plants having bluish, usually bell-shaped flowers. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bluebell" in a sentence
  • "Late that afternoon the rest of my group returned with a nice catch of fish and we ate well that night – it sure beat chewing on mountain bluebell salad as we had done for the first couple of nights."
  • "The blue wild hyacinth has given name to a colour, not very unlike the violet tint; it is sometimes called the bluebell, but pink ones may be found in woods, and garden hyacinths are of various colours."
  • "The other species is a type of bluebell, which is called “Rain Bells”."