cowbell

[ kou-bel ]
/ ˈkaʊˌbɛl /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. coward,
  2. cowardice,
  3. cowardly,
  4. cowash,
  5. cowbane,
  6. cowberry,
  7. cowbind,
  8. cowbird,
  9. cowboy,
  10. cowboy boot

Origin of cowbell

First recorded in 1805–15; cow1 + bell1

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British Dictionary definitions for cowbell

cowbell

/ (ˈkaʊˌbɛl) /

noun

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

cowbell

n.

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

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