Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
a belled male sheep
Middle English belle 'bell' + wether 'castrated male sheep'
mid-14c. (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin; late 12c. as a surname), from bell (n.) + wether; the lead sheep (on whose neck a bell was hung) of a domesticated flock. Figurative sense of "chief, leader" is from mid-14c.