n.1.A bunch of the keys or samaras of the ash tree.
2.An English meadow plant, perhaps the columbine or the bluebell squill (Scilla nutans).
A girl cropping culverkeys and cowslips to make garlands.
- Walton.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The bluebell has lots of local names, including auld man's bell, culverkeys, ring-o'-bells, wood bells and wild hyacinth.