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Monday, December 05, 2016
Definitions for campanology
  1. the principles or art of making bells, bell ringing, etc.

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Citations for campanology
Campanology is one of the most interesting and most intricate arts practised. Change-ringing is exceedingly difficult and very exhausting. , "Ringing Out the Victory of Cambrai from the Great Bells of St. Paul's," Popular Science Monthly, May 1918
Mary threw herself into the study of campanology, dragging along with her five other villagers, to the nearby village of Ancombe for lessons in bell ringing. M. C. Beaton, Agatha Raisin: Hell's Bells, 2013
Origin of campanology
1670-1680
The Late Latin noun campāna (plural campānae) meant “bell,” so called because bells were made in Campania (which means “wide, level plain”), whose chief city has always been Naples. About 400 A.D. St. Paulinus of Nola (c354–c431), bishop of Nola, commissioned a large bell to be cast to summon Christians to worship. The Italian word for bell is campana, which has the derivatives campanile, the distinctive bell tower of an Italian church (as opposed to a steeple) and campanilismo, local rivalry, usually petty, sometimes fierce. The word entered English in the 1820s in the sense “the art of bell ringing.”
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