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  • adj. Having a shape or cross-section like the cross-section of a bell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the shape of a wide-mouthed bell; campanulate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the form of a bell, or of a somewhat deep vessel whose lip turns out and then begins to turn in again; specifically, in botany, campanulate. See cut under Campanula.

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

  • adj. having a convex shape that resembles a bell


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