bell cow


noun
  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

1
An Americanism dating back to 1855–60

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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