Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. Any of numerous plants of the genus Mertensia, native to Asia, Europe, and North America and having blue, trumpet-shaped flowers.
  • n. See harebell.
  • n. Any of several other plants having bluish, usually bell-shaped flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of two flowering plants of the genus Hyacinthoides, the English bluebell and the Spanish bluebell.
  • n. A harebell, Campanula rotundifolia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of the genus Campanula, especially the Campanula rotundifolia, which bears blue bell-shaped flowers; the harebell.
  • n. A plant of the genus Scilla (Scilla nutans).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular name of several different plants: In Scotland, of Campanula rotundifolia, a plant bearing a loose panicle of blue bell-shaped flowers. See harcbell.
  • n. In England, of Scilla nutans, the wild hyacinth, from the shape of its drooping flowers.
  • n. Of the grape-hyacinth, Muscari botryoides.
  • n. Occasionally, of other plants with blue bell-shaped flowers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the most handsome prairie wildflowers having large erect bell-shaped bluish flowers; of moist places in prairies and fields from eastern Colorado and Nebraska south to New Mexico and Texas
  • n. perennial of northern hemisphere with slender stems and bell-shaped blue flowers
  • n. sometimes placed in genus Scilla

Etymologies

blue +‎ bell (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    March 2004

  • 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.

    Chatterbox, 1906

  • The other species is a type of bluebell, which is called “Rain Bells”.

    Behind the Scents with Tamya Parfum

  • One: It's more purple than the shades I'm currently enamoured with. .but perhaps, the slightly blue - ish tinge softens it a bit, indeed, the colour could even be described as a bluebell shade of purple.

    Irish Blogs

  • And this is the person who has the chutzpah to call bluebell an "asshole."

    Obama to Andrew Cuomo: Zing?

  • They have many items, but not everything; no frozen stuff except bluebell which is "local" my son's friend works at HEB and reminded me that they are still on generators and no frozen stuff....

    Saturday Stew

  • These days, not everyone gets face-time with crocuses and bluebell woods.

    Paris fashion week: wardrobe updates

  • We ate bluebell all the time as kids but as a 'grown up' who recognizes that weight goes ON so much easier than it goes OFF I rarely buy ice cream anymore.

    Banana pudding ice cream | Homesick Texan

  • Rose was in the kitchen, hemming the sleeve of her new bluebell blue dress and drinking a bowl of chocolate when we came trilling home—a happy, boisterous quartet.

    Exit the Actress

  • Although one might be Red and never able to witness "the alleged splendor of a bluebell spring," that Red can see a synthetic blue, as supplied by National Color.

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