from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A close-fitting woman's hat with a bell-like shape.
- n. A usually bell-shaped cover, used chiefly to protect plants from frost.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A glass covering, originally bell-shaped, for garden plants to prevent frost damage and promote early growth.
- n. A bell-shaped, close-fitting women’s hat with a deep rounded crown and narrow rim.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An apparatus used in controlling certain kinds of aëroplanes, and consisting principally of a steering column mounted with a universal joint at the base, which is bellshaped and has attached to it the cables for controlling the wing-warping devices, elevator planes, and the like.
- n. a woman's close-fitting helmetlike hat.
- n. a low transparent cover put over young plants to protect them from cold.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of clutch.
- n. A bell-jar or bell-glass under which plants are grown.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a low transparent cover put over young plants to protect them from cold
- n. a woman's close-fitting hat that resembles a helmet
French, from Old French, bell, from Medieval Latin clocca; see clock1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French cloche ("bell"), from Medieval Latin clocca ("bell") (Wiktionary)