cowbell

[ kou-bel ]
/ ˈkaʊˌbɛl /

noun

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

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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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