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

Examples of bellflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Siberian bellflower in late spring, magnolia and dogwood in summer. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2020 The herbal blend for tusu varies regionally, Wang explains, but frequently includes pepper, cinnamon, atractylodes (a sunflower relative), Chinese bellflower, rhubarb and dried ginger. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, 20 Dec. 2019 The collection of small plates includes lightly pickled pieces of cucumber stuffed with carrot and chives, crisp chayote ignited with jalapeño and, best of all, shredded sauteed bellflower root. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2019 Milky bellflower (Campanula lactiflora 'Loddon Anna'). Ruth Rogers Clausen, Country Living, 20 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of bellflower


1578, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bellflower was in 1578

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“Bellflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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