Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of liliaceous plants, type of the tribe Uvularie√¶. They are characterized by having a slightly branched stem, and terminal pendulous flowers with erect and connivent or finally spreading segments. The 5 species are all natives of the eastern and central United States, 2 of them southern, the others extending into Canada. They are delicate plants growing from a thick or creeping rootstock, with erect stems, at first wrapped below in a few dry sheaths, above bearing alternate sessile or perfoliate ovate and lanceolate leaves. The solitary or twin flowers hang from recurving pedicels, and are followed by triangular-ovoid capsules. They are known as bellwort, especially the perfoliate species, U. perfoliata and U. grandiflora, which are widely distributed. The sessile-leafed species, U. sesilifolia, puberula, and Floridana, are now by some separated as a genus, Oakesia. See figures under sessile, perfoliate, and stoma.

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  • n. genus of perennial rhizomatous herb of southern and southeastern United States

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Examples

  • The little uvularia, whose leaves were so soft and silky in May and whose blossom drooped so prettily, like a golden bell, is tall, and branched now, and its leaves are stiff and papery.

    Some Summer Days in Iowa

  • The evergreens of various kinds supply the note of colour which alone gives hope and promises relief from neutral brown and grey, and underneath what once was a leafy forest arcade are all the roots of spring -- the spotted erythronium, the hepatica, the delicate uvularia, the starry trientalis.

    Ringfield A Novel

  • Have you seen the uvularia hang its delicate yellow bell? and found the May orchis, rare every way in its fragrant pink dress?

    Gardening by Myself

  • Always a basket for flowers went along; and when the sled stopped, she would wander all around seeking among the piled-up dead leaves for the white wind-flower, and pretty little hang-head uvularia, and delicate blood-root, and the wild geranium and columbine; and many others the names of which she did not know.

    The Wide, Wide World

  • Always a basket for flowers went along; and when the sled stopped, she would wander all around seeking among the piled-up dead leaves for the white wind-flower, and pretty little hang-head uvularia, and delicate blood-root, and the wild geranium and columbine; and many others, the names of which she did not know.

    The Wide, Wide World

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