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n. pl. tin·tin·nab·u·la (-lə)
A small, tinkling bell.

[Middle English, from Latin tintinnābulum, from tintinnāre, to jingle, reduplication of tinnīre, to ring, of imitative origin.]


n, pl -la (-lə)
(Instruments) a small high-pitched bell
[C16: from Latin, from tintinnāre to tinkle, from tinnīre to ring; see tinnitus]
References in classic literature ?
It seemed by the distant hum as if somebody's bees had swarmed, and that the neighbors, according to Virgil's advice, by a faint tintinnabulum upon the most sonorous of their domestic utensils, were endeavoring to call them down into the hive again.
The recent species of Megabalanus (Cirripedia: Balanomorpha) with special emphasis on Balanus tintinnabulum (Linnaeus) sensu lato.
On great occasions, the cathedral may also use papal symbols, such as the conopoeum - a small umbrella of red and gold silk, carried over the Pope when he travelled on horseback for official visits - and the tintinnabulum - a lattice-work tower containing a bell, which was used to warn people of the Pope's approach.