handbell

hand bell

noun
a small handheld bell, especially as part of a tuned set having different notes or pitches and played by a group.
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handbell (ˈhændˌbɛl)
 
n
a bell rung by hand, esp one of a tuned set used in musical performance

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handbell

small bell-usually of brass or bronze but sometimes of copper, clay, porcelain, glass, wood, or other hard material-with an attached stem, loop, or leather strap for a handle; most have a clapper, though some are struck externally. The earliest handbells were probably of beaten copper, but since the Bronze Age most metal bells have been cast.

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