Definition of Canterbury bell in English:

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Canterbury bell

Pronunciation: /ˈkan(t)ərˌbərē ˌbel/ Pronunciation: /ˈkan(t)ərˌberē ˌbel/


A tall, sturdy cultivated bellflower with large blue, pink, or white flowers.
  • Campanula medium, family Campanulaceae.
Example sentences
  • Plants that may require staking to hold their blooms high include Canterbury bells, hollyhocks, and verbascums, with foxgloves and delphiniums in the upper garden zones.
  • Planted along with traditional peonies, irises and chrysanthemums, are lupines, veronicas and Canterbury bells, a contemporary feature rarely seen in Japanese gardens.
  • Pink Canterbury bells will provide beautiful pink blooms from later spring to the early weeks of summer.


Late 16th century: named after the bells on Canterbury pilgrims' horses (see canter).

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Syllabification: Can·ter·bur·y bell

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