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.

Origin of bell cow

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60

Words Nearby bell cow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bell cow in a sentence

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

  • The bell cow threw up her head and bellowed till the cow house echoed.

    Lisbeth Longfrock | Hans Aanrud
  • The bell cow threw up her head and with a loud, echoing bellow started to follow her.

    Lisbeth Longfrock | Hans Aanrud
  • The horses hurried ahead; the cows began to trot, the bell cow sending out an eager Moo-oo!

    Lisbeth Longfrock | Hans Aanrud
  • 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