silver bell


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silver bell

n
(Plants) 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

sil′ver bell′


n.
any North American shrub or small tree of the genus Halesia, of the storax family, having toothed leaves and drooping white bell-shaped flowers. Also called sil′ver-bell′ tree`.
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Noun1.silver bell - any of various deciduous trees of the genus Halesia having white bell-shaped flowers
genus Halesia, Halesia - deciduous small trees or shrubs of China and eastern North America
Halesia carolina, Halesia tetraptera, opossum wood, silverbell tree, silver-bell tree, snowdrop tree - medium-sized tree of West Virginia to Florida and Texas
angiospermous tree, flowering tree - any tree having seeds and ovules contained in the ovary
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We had heard no step on that grass-grown track; the water running in the vale was the one lulling sound of the hour and scene; we might well then start when a gay voice, sweet as a silver bell, exclaimed -
I mean it set her music going -- her silver bell of a tongue.
The dim light fell tenderly on the two quiet seated figures; on the little white bed, with the knots of rose-colored ribbon which looped up its curtains, and the bright dress for dinner laid ready across it; on the gayly painted bath, with its pure lining of white enamel; on the toilet-table with its sparkling trinkets, its crystal bottles, its silver bell with Cupid for a handle, its litter of little luxuries that adorn the shrine of a woman's bed-chamber.
Death cannonized for us one saint, Ever less human than divine, And still we lay, with tender plaint, Relics in this household shrine-- The silver bell, so seldom rung, The little cap which last she wore, The fair, dead Catherine that hung By angels borne above her door.
Nanda rang a silver bell, and at once a big fat colonel in a bright red uniform entered the room, followed by ten lean soldiers, who all looked sad and discouraged and saluted the princess in a very melancholy fashion.
At these words he took up a silver bell, and rang it; the officer entered.
Make your story a short one,' said he, putting his hand on the small silver bell that stood on the table beside him, 'or I shall be obliged to call for assistance.
Her voice is like a silver bell, and I feel good all over like when I go into church at Holy Cross Mission, and when she sing I feel strong and paddle like hell.
She pronounced the syllables of the name with a peculiar clearness, as if she had tapped on two silver bells.
This worthy churchman rode upon a well-fed ambling mule, whose furniture was highly decorated, and whose bridle, according to the fashion of the day, was ornamented with silver bells.
He mounted, as he spoke, a white mule which had been grazing by the wayside, all gay with fustian of gold and silver bells, and rode onward with Sir Nigel's party.
When this species of cyclops appeared on the threshold of the chapel, motionless, squat, and almost as broad as he was tall; squared on the base, as a great man says; with his doublet half red, half violet, sown with silver bells, and, above all, in the perfection of his ugliness, the populace recognized him on the instant, and shouted with one voice,--