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Tuesday, September 02, 2014


\tin-ti-NAB-yuh-ler\ , adjective;
of or pertaining to bells or bell ringing.
Mr. Squills was about to reply, when ring—a-ting—ring— ting! there came such a brisk, impatient, make-one's-self-at-home kind of tintinnabular alarum at the great gate, that we all started up and looked at each other in surprise.
-- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, The Caxtons: A Family Picture, 1849
A tintinnabular surface sleek as a car shooting past. A wetness that always regroups against you, that will not attach to your fingers, but instead evades.
-- Phil O'Brien, Memories of the Irish-Israeli War, 1995
Tintinnabular comes from the Latin tintinnābulum meaning "bell."
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