bell·​flow·​er | \ ˈbel-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce bellflower (audio) \

Definition of bellflower

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of a genus (Campanula of the family Campanulaceae, the bellflower family) of widely cultivated herbs having alternate leaves and usually showy bell-shaped flowers


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Bell·​flow·​er | \ ˈbel-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce Bellflower (audio) \

Definition of Bellflower (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southwestern California east of Los Angeles population 76,616

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Milky bellflower (Campanula lactiflora 'Loddon Anna'). Ruth Rogers Clausen, Country Living, "How to Create a Deer Resistant Garden," 20 Feb. 2017

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1578, in the meaning defined above

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