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 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 Two weeks ago, the Royal Collection revealed the Jack and Eugenie's official commemorative china, which featured not only the couple's monogram, but also garlands of ivy, wild English bluebells, forget-me-nots and the white rose of York. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie's Bridal Bouquet Included a Sweet Tribute to Her Kensington Palace Home, Ivy Cottage," 12 Oct. 2018 Ecology undergraduate researcher Karen Wang drops her fine-mesh bee net, whips out a small recorder and leans in to observe Yellow 54 climbing into the bluebell’s long tubular blooms. Kristin Ohlson, Discover Magazine, "How Cheaters Prosper," 28 Sep. 2018 The bluebells arrive, like an iridescent blue carpet below, spreading along hedgerows, suddenly swamping forests and copses, emerging out of the rotten, sodden leaves of last autumn. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Will There Always Be an England?," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bluebell

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bluebell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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) \

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: a plant with blue flowers shaped like bells

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