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bell cow

  1. a cow, especially the lead cow of a herd, having a bell attached to a collar around its neck so that the herd can be located easily.
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Origin of bell cow

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Historical Examples of bell cow

  • Good day, pussy,” said the bell-cow; “have you had any food to-day?

    Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)


  • “Good-day, cow at the manger,” said the cat to the bell-cow.

  • The Deacon jingled it as he passed.223 "Goes with the bell-cow," he said, and nothing further was said of it.

  • But the evening was come, and the bell-cow, home from her browsing, was ringing for admittance at the barn-yard gate.

    An Arkansas Planter

    Opie Percival Read