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Topic: COLOURS AND SOUNDS

Sense: 1-2
Date: 1700-1800
Origin: BELLOW1
Sense: 3-4
Date: 1100-1200
Origin: Probably from Old English belg; BELLY1

bellow

2 noun
     
bellow2 [countable]
1 a loud deep shout:
His voice rose to a bellow.
a bellow of rage/laughter etc
Alex gave another bellow of laughter.
2CHBA the deep sound that a bull makes
3

bellows

[plural]
a) DHT an object used for blowing air into a fire to make it burn better
b) APM part of a musical instrument that pushes air through pipes to produce a sound, for example in an organ
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