Canterbury bell


Can·​ter·​bury bell ˈkan-tər-ˌber-ē- How to pronounce Canterbury bell (audio)
: any of several bellflowers (such as Campanula medium) cultivated for their showy flowers

Word History


Canterbury, England

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Canterbury bell was in 1565

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“Canterbury bell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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Canterbury bell

Can·​ter·​bury bell ˌkant-ə(r)-ˌber-ē- How to pronounce Canterbury bell (audio)
: a cultivated bellflower

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