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silver bell

any North American shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Halesia, of the storax family, having toothed leaves and drooping white, bell-shaped flowers.
Also called silver-bell tree.
Origin of silver bell
1775-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The flowers of trees give names to tulip tree, silver-bell tree, and fringe tree.

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British Dictionary definitions for silver-bell

silver bell

any of various deciduous trees of the styracaceous genus Halesia, esp H. carolina, of North America and China, having white bell-shaped flowers Also called snowdrop tree
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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