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 Taking photos in a bluebonnet field off the highway. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "If Elon Musk wants to be a Texan, it's time he embrace our ways," 9 Dec. 2020 Red, white and blue bluebonnet transplants are available for planting in full sun from several retail nurseries at the present time. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: The flower annuals to plant now in San Antonio to get you through winter," 22 Oct. 2020 Nelson obliges and serenades Brickell with lyrics about Texas bluebonnets and longhorn steer. Dallas News, "Edie Brickell duets with Willie Nelson on new song ‘Sing to Me, Willie’," 29 Apr. 2020 Most everyone has a photo of themselves at some stage in life standing in a field of bluebonnets, dodging fire ants and snakes, right? Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Uniquely Texas rites of passage for all little Texans," 20 Mar. 2020 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

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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 8 May. 2021.

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