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bells of Ireland

noun
1.
a plant, Molucella laevis, native to western Asia, having inconspicuous white flowers, each surrounded by an enlarged green calyx.
Also called shellflower.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; so called from the bell-like green calyx
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bells of Ireland

noun
1.
(functioning as sing) an annual garden plant, Moluccella laevis, whose flowers have a green cup-shaped calyx: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
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