blue·​bon·​net | \ ˈblü-ˌbä-nət How to pronounce bluebonnet (audio) \

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

Examples of bluebonnet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While most Texans are looking forward to the bluebonnets in March, Willie Nelson fans can't wait for the roses in April. Houston Chronicle, "Willie Nelson to release new album in April," 26 Feb. 2020 The town is the uncredited backdrop of countless postcards, posters and Instagram accounts — the bluebonnets are bright and ubiquitous, and even color the grassy medians. Manny Fernandez, New York Times, "Coronavirus and Poverty: A Mother Skips Meals So Her Children Can Eat," 20 Mar. 2020 Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle, via Associated Press The bluebonnets popped up as ever this year, but the annual family portraits along the blooming Texas roadsides did not. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "Another Coronavirus Casualty: Spring," 12 Apr. 2020 Spring — the season of rebirth — is unfolding without baseball, family reunions, bluebonnet viewings and more. Remy Tumin, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Joe Biden, Easter: Your Weekend Briefing," 12 Apr. 2020 In fact some bluebonnets have already started blooming. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Wildflower forecast says Texas on track for a “hit and miss” season," 24 Feb. 2020 Surrounded by ranches and fields of bluebonnets, the county seat is a tiny cluster of homes around a town square and an old fort built as a defense against indigenous tribes in 1851. Silvia Foster-frau,, "County with no coronavirus cases braces for the worst," 30 Mar. 2020 Iconography: bluebonnets, armadillos, the yellow rose and oil derricks. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Dr Pepper, Selena, bluebonnets, Blue Bell: State Fair’s 2020 theme honors Texas icons," 5 Mar. 2020 Roll past fields of wildflowers In the spring (typically from late March until mid to late April), waves of bluebonnets turn the Texas Hill Country into a sea of cerulean and nourish several species of butterflies. George Lin, National Geographic, "5 surprising ways to celebrate gardens this spring," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of bluebonnet

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Bluebonnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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