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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]
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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.
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.
Otros objetos utilizados, comunes a distintas ceremonias, seran los Calices Ministeriales para dar la comunion despues del bautismo; los jarros bautismales, generalmente provistos de dos asas y realizados en metal, tal como hemos senalado en algunas miniaturas de las Cantigas; la campanilla, cuyo uso hay que diferenciar de la campana (55), que junto con las esquilas y los cascabeles, en la Edad Media, recibian la denominacion de tintinnabulum, en alusion a su sonido mas claro y menos potente.
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).
The recent species of Megabalanus (Cirripedia: Balanomorpha) with special emphasis on Balanus tintinnabulum (Linnaeus) sensu lato.
Sin embargo, curiosamente, no llegan a conectar ambos hechos con la evidencia de que tanto el tintinnabulum como el acetre son objetos frecuentemente empleados en ceremonias magico-religiosas romanas, y de que la utilizacion de fuego y las libaciones (fragmentos de vasos ceramicos rotos) son igualmente propios de actos ceremoniales.
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.