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 In 1930, the company changed its name to Blue Bell Creameries after the native Texas bluebell wildflower. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Oct. 2021 The Hallerbos Forest is particularly known for its thick blanket of bluebell flowers that bloom in the spring, making this forest completely enchanting –– almost like a fairy tale. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 21 Aug. 2021 Over the course of the next 10 days, McFarlane took Saquet to the picturesque bluebell woods and sweeping beaches of Perthshire and showed her round the turreted, imposing Glamis Castle -- the home of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Francesca Street, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 These plants were the top species magnets: black willow, a goldenrod named Euthamia graminifolia, Virginia bluebell and New York ironweed. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 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, 16 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bluebell

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bluebell was in 1578

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“Bluebell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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