Share this entry

Share this page

Canterbury bell

Line breaks: Can¦ter|bury bell
Pronunciation: /ˈkantəb(ə)ri
 
/

Definition of Canterbury bell in English:

noun

A tall, sturdy cultivated bellflower with large pale blue 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.

Origin

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

Definition of Canterbury bell in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day vicarious
Pronunciation: vɪˈkɛːrɪəs
adjective
experienced in the imagination through another person's feelings…