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cowbell

[kou-bel] /ˈkaʊˌbɛl/
noun
1.
a bell hung around a cow's neck to indicate its whereabouts.
2.
the bladder campion.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; cow1 + bell1
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British Dictionary definitions for cow-bell

cowbell

/ˈkaʊˌbɛl/
noun
1.
a bell hung around a cow's neck so that the cow can be easily located
2.
a metal percussion instrument usually mounted on the bass drum or hand-held and struck with a drumstick
3.
(US) another name for bladder campion
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Word Origin and History for cow-bell

cowbell

n.

1650s, American English, from cow (n.1) + bell (n.).

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