blue·​bell | \ ˈblü-ˌbel How to pronounce bluebell (audio) \

Definition of bluebell

1 : any of various bellflowers especially : harebell
2 : any of various plants bearing blue bell-shaped flowers: such as
a : a European herb (Hyacinthoides nonscripta synonym Scilla nonscripta) of the lily family having scapose racemes of drooping bell-shaped flowers

called also wild hyacinth

b bluebells plural : a glabrous erect eastern U.S. herb (Mertensia virginica) of the borage family with entire leaves and showy blue flowers pink in the bud

called also Virginia bluebells

Examples of bluebell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These plants were the top species magnets: black willow, a goldenrod named Euthamia graminifolia, Virginia bluebell and New York ironweed. Washington Post, "New survey offers a glimmer of hope for declining native bee populations," 28 Apr. 2021 The kits include resources to help residents complete environmental activities at home and in the community, ranging from planting native California bluebell seeds to participating in neighborhood cleanups. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside to compete in nationwide sustainability challenge," 29 Mar. 2021 Lovers of native flowers may already be familiar with some of the selections, including various trillium species, Virginia bluebell, wild ginger, cardinal flower, lobelia, bloodroot, blue and black cohosh, blazing star and Allegheny spurge. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, "Go native with seeds, plants and trees from the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District," 13 Jan. 2021 The UK’s National Trust has come up with a stunning virtual bluebell experience for people all over the world—no plane ticket required. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Take a Virtual Tour of England’s Stunning, Bluebell-Covered Forests," 30 Apr. 2020 At one point during the discussion for the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Kate referenced a specific photo of Princess Charlotte from her private collection, in which Charlotte is leaning down to smell a bluebell flower. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Releases One of Her Favorite Personal Photos of Princess Charlotte," 16 Feb. 2020 Right now anemones in bright colors because it’s winter, or primroses and wild violets and bluebells in spring. Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "Kit Kemp’s Holiday Dinner Is a Whimsical Affair," 18 Nov. 2019 The 27-acre, marshy woodland is particularly delightful in spring when bluebells paint the forest floor between rare fen vegetation, 3,000-year-old burnt mounds, and abandoned Victorian gardens. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "Visit the real-life forests that inspired these famous books," 15 Apr. 2019 Terms to describe the natural world—such as acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, otter, raven and willow—have been banished to make room for such chilly contemporary words as blog, broadband and bullet-point. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "What to Give: Children’s Books," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of bluebell

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 May 2021

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“Bluebell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bluebell

: a plant with blue flowers that are shaped like bells


blue·​bell | \ ˈblü-ˌbel How to pronounce bluebell (audio) \

Kids Definition of bluebell

: a plant with blue flowers shaped like bells

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