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tintinnabulum

[tin-ti-nab-yuh-luh m] /ˌtɪn tɪˈnæb yə ləm/
noun, plural tintinnabula [tin-ti-nab-yuh-luh] /ˌtɪn tɪˈnæb yə lə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a small, tinkling bell or a set of bells played in succession.
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  • We did not know how to play a tin whistle or beat upon the tintinnabulum.

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    Seumas O'Kelly
British Dictionary definitions for tintinnabulum

tintinnabulum

/ˌtɪntɪˈnæbjʊləm/
noun (pl) -la (-lə)
1.
a small high-pitched bell
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from tintinnāre to tinkle, from tinnīre to ring; see tinnitus
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