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bell cow

noun
1.
a cow, especially the lead cow of a herd, having a bell attached to a collar around its neck so that the herd can be located easily.
Origin of bell cow
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism
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  • The horses hurried ahead; the cows began to trot, the bell cow sending out an eager Moo-oo!

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • That was the bell cow, whom, of course, none of the other cows dared to disturb.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • The bell cow threw up her head and bellowed till the cow house echoed.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • The bell cow threw up her head and with a loud, echoing bellow started to follow her.

    Lisbeth Longfrock Hans Aanrud
  • First came the bell cow followed by the bull, then the other cows and the calves.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

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