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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.]
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n, pl -la (-lə)
(Instruments) a small high-pitched bell
[C16: from Latin, from tintinnāre to tinkle, from tinnīre to ring; see tinnitus]
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To me, away there in my bean-field at the other end of the town, the big guns sounded as if a puffball had burst; and when there was a military turnout of which I was ignorant, I have sometimes had a vague sense all the day of some sort of itching and disease in the horizon, as if some eruption would break out there soon, either scarlatina or canker-rash, until at length some more favorable puff of wind, making haste over the fields and up the Wayland road, brought me information of the "trainers." 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 devotees, parishioners and pilgrims to the recently declared Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are now becoming familiar with the three new emblems in the basilica-the umbraculum, tintinnabulum and papal cross keys-that signify its new status.
The tintinnabulum (little bell) is mounted on a pole on the left side of the altar, while the papal cross keys are mounted above the altar of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at the side altar, or south transept, near the right side of the umbraculum.
The tintinnabulum, like the umbraculum, indicates that the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has a special relation with the Holy Father, the diocese explained.
It now bears the ombrellone, a silk canopy designed with red and yellow stripes; the tintinnabulum, a bell mounted on a pole, which is carried during processions for special occasions; and the papal seal, which has images of two keys, one red and one silver, bounded by a red chord.
There are three physical signs that proclaim a church as a minor basilica: The presence of the "Ombrellone" or papal umbrella, a silk canopy designed with traditional papal colors; "Tintinnabulum" or papal bell, which is mounted on a pole and carried during procession at the head of the clergy on special occasions; and the Papal seal to be displayed on banners, furnishings, and on the seal of the basilica itself.
In the more derived acorn barnacles (e.g., Balanus tintinnabulum, Elminius modestus, and Chelonibia testudinaria), a secretory (synthesis) and a storage (aggregation) region can be distinguished in the cytoplasm of the gland cell (Lacombe and Liguori, 1969; Lacombe, 1970; Walker, 1970, 1978).
Comparative histological studies of the cement apparatus of Lepas anatifera and Balanus tintinnabulum. Biol.
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.