bluebell definition

  • noun:
    • some of several bulbous plants regarding the genus Hyacinthoides (syn. Endymion) in lily family, native to western European countries and northwest Africa and achieving racemes of usually blue to pink bell-shaped plants. Also called wood hyacinth.
    • any one of numerous plants of this genus Mertensia, native to Asia, European countries, and the united states and achieving blue, trumpet-shaped flowers.
    • See harebell.
    • any one of various other plants having bluish, usually bell-shaped blossoms.
    • Either of two flowering plants of genus Hyacinthoides, the English bluebell as well as the Spanish bluebell.
    • A harebell, Campanula rotundifolia.
    • A plant associated with genus Campanula, particularly the Campanula rotundifolia, which holds blue bell-shaped plants; the harebell.
    • A plant associated with genus Scilla (Scilla nutans).
    • The popular title of a number of different flowers: In Scotland, of Campanula rotundifolia, a plant bearing a loose panicle of blue bell-shaped blossoms. See harcbell.
    • In England, of Scilla nutans, the wild hyacinth, from the form of its drooping plants.
    • of this grape-hyacinth, Muscari botryoides.
    • sporadically, of various other flowers with blue bell-shaped plants.
    • perhaps one of the most handsome prairie wildflowers having huge erect bell-shaped bluish blossoms; of wet places in prairies and industries from east Colorado and Nebraska south to brand new Mexico and Tx
    • perennial of north hemisphere with slim stems and bell-shaped blue flowers
    • often put in genus Scilla

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