blue·bon·net | \ˈblü-ˌbä-nət \

Definition of bluebonnet 

1a : a wide flat round cap of blue wool formerly worn in Scotland

b : one that wears such a cap specifically : scot

2 : either of two low-growing annual lupines (Lupinus subcarnosus or L. texensis) of Texas with silky foliage and blue flowers

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Team spirit at Ouisie's Table Springtime in Southeast Texas means more than bluebonnets and thick coats of pollen. Houston Chronicle, "Examiner-area business roundup," 27 Mar. 2018 Learn more about the new 1-2 acre homesites that were just released, all larger homesites, homes and amenities the community has to offer, and how views of these gorgeous bluebonnets could be yours here: Vintage Oaks, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Hill Country community offers great views of Spring in bloom," 19 Apr. 2018 There may be no wildflower more iconic than the Texas bluebonnet. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "Where to See Wildflowers—and How to Arrange Them Indoors—This Spring," 21 Mar. 2018 Icon of the southwest, Texas bluebonnet is another must-have for any southwestern gardener with extra space to occupy. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "15 Native Wildflowers Every Gardener Should Plant," 5 May 2017 Best time to visit: This year, to celebrate San Antonio's tricentennial, or in the Texas spring (January to March), for pleasant temperatures and shag carpets of bluebonnets. Andrea Sachs,, "This summer, stop by the 23 U.S. locales that have risen to become UNESCO World Heritage sites," 4 May 2018 Orchid Express & Leasing will host its 10th Annual Bluebonnet Festival March 24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Festival goers can enjoy the bluebonnets that are already in full bloom in front of the shop, which is located at 111 Heights Blvd. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "10th Annual Bluebonnet Festival slated for March 24," 19 Mar. 2018 Plenty of variety will fill the roadsides, but bluebonnets and bright orange Indian paintbrushes seem to be favorites for those roadside photo ops. From Express-news Archives, San Antonio Express-News, "Wildflower season has started in South Texas," 12 Mar. 2018 As of now, the bluebonnets are expected any between time now and the end of April. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "Where to See Wildflowers—and How to Arrange Them Indoors—This Spring," 21 Mar. 2018

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1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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