[ kou-bel ]
/ ˈkaʊˌbɛl /


a bell hung around a cow's neck to indicate its whereabouts.
the bladder campion.

Origin of cowbell

First recorded in 1805–15; cow1 + bell1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cowbell


/ (ˈkaʊˌbɛl) /


a bell hung around a cow's neck so that the cow can be easily located
a metal percussion instrument usually mounted on the bass drum or hand-held and struck with a drumstick
US another name for bladder campion
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Word Origin and History for cowbell



1650s, American English, from cow (n.1) + bell (n.).

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