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1. A bell hung from a collar around a cow's neck.
2. A bell that is used as a percussion instrument by being struck with a stick.
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1. (Agriculture) a bell hung around a cow's neck so that the cow can be easily located
2. (Instruments) a metal percussion instrument usually mounted on the bass drum or hand-held and struck with a drumstick
3. (Plants) US another name for bladder campion
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a bell hung around a cow's neck to indicate its whereabouts.
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A small bell hung around a cow’s neck to help find the cow when it was in a timbered pasture.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cowbell - a bell hung around the neck of cow so that the cow can be easily locatedcowbell - a bell hung around the neck of cow so that the cow can be easily located
bell - a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
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[ˈkaʊbel] Ncencerro m
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[ˈkaʊbɛl] ncloche f de vache
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Dan was full of a wild idea that we should all meet them at the gate, armed with cowbells and tin-pans, and "charivari" them up the lane.
'Yesterday morning a charitably inclined female presented me with three biscuits, a piece of cheese, and a funereal slab of chocolate cake, all wrapped in the current CLARION, wherein I noted an unholy glee because the COWBELL's candidate for chief of police had been turned down.
"It took me by surprise, for I had forgotten the COWBELL in the excitement of succeeding events, and I now saw myself on the edge of the pit I had digged.
"'You take quite an interest in local affairs, I see.' (Here his Honor took up the morning's COWBELL and ran his eye up and down a column I knew was mine.)
A video of the bride leading the MSU fight song with wedding guests, cowbells in hand, played on ESPN throughout the tournament.
At some of the swankiest addresses across downtown this week, people have been waking up to a cacophony of cowbells, gongs, homemade maracas, whistles, pots and pan lids -- as striking hotel workers have been trying to make their displeasure known.
ITEMS YOU CAN'T TAKE IN INCLUDE: | Backpacks including small fashion backpacks, holdalls, luggage, computer bags; | Glass, cans, aluminium bottles or thermoses of any kind including any liquid products which can be consumed; | Flammable liquids in any container, laser pens/pointer, video cameras and professional cameras, laptop computers, iPads and Go Pros, large umbrellas, weapons of any kind, drugs, alcohol, animals (except service animals to aid persons with disabilities), air horns, whistles, cowbells, aerosol cans, glow sticks, balloons, wheeled footwear, skateboards, food or anything else which the arena deem to ruin the enjoyment or viewing experience of others Katy Perry
That allows me to focus on my 'cowbells'--talking to people and explaining things.
However, one college football cheering tradition is sometimes viewed as unfair or unsafe, and whether it should continue to be permitted is often questioned: the ringing of cowbells by fans at Mississippi State University (hereafter, "the University") home football games.
A Symphony of Cowbells Heather Preusser, author Eileen Ryan Ewen, illustrator Sleeping Bear Press 315 East Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 9781585369683, $16.99, HC, 32pp,
However, "La Endiablada" who were dressed up in colorful costumes with heavy copper cowbells tied around their waist diverted public's attention from the Virgin Mary to let her complete the procedure.
"A pair of anklets for a goat sells for Rs 150 to Rs 300, whereas, cowbells start at Rs 150 and can go up to Rs 350.