from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A perennial plant (Campanula rotundifolia) having slender stems, dense clusters of basal leaves, and bell-shaped blue or white flowers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A species of bell-flower, Campanula rotundifolia, the well-known bluebell of Scotland.
  • noun The wild hyacinth, Scilla nutans, or Hyacinthus non-scriptus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A small, slender, branching plant (Campanula rotundifolia), having blue bell-shaped flowers; also, Scilla nutans, which has similar flowers; -- called also bluebell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A perennial flowering plant, Campanula rotundifolia, native to the Northern Hemisphere, with blue, bell-like flowers.

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

  • noun sometimes placed in genus Scilla
  • noun perennial of northern hemisphere with slender stems and bell-shaped blue flowers


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