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  • adj. Expanding at the mouth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Expanding at the mouth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Gradually expanded at the mouth in the form of a bell.
  • Having a clear, ringing voice: said of a hound.


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  • On that the bloodhound was laid (of course in leash), and after a premonitory whimper, lifted up his mighty voice, and started bell-mouthed through the garden gate, and up the lane, towing behind him the panting keeper, till they reached the downs above, and went straight away for Marslandmouth, where the whole posse comitatus pulled up breathless at the door of Lucy

    Westward Ho!

  • The women were then taken in one direction, and the men, among whom of course was Rashleigh, were ordered to follow a turnkey in another, through a long and gloomy passage, which displayed at intervals festoons of fetters of all shapes and sizes, handcuffs, fire-arms of every kind and capacity, from the bell-mouthed musketoon with bore as wide as a teacup to the pocket pistol, carrying a bullet not much bigger than a pea.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • In the hand may be borne a bell-mouthed blunderbuss; or, better still, a long single-barrel gun with an ounce bore.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • A score of Portuguese civilians arrived with hunting guns and bags of ammunition, escorted by a plump priest who was cheered by the redcoats when he arrived in the garden with a bell-mouthed blunderbuss like those carried by stage-coach drivers to repel highwaymen.

    Sharpe's Havoc

  • Despite her gold and white paintwork (“gleaming swan plumage,” one passenger called it), the top-heavy Hohenzollern, with her ram bow and bell-mouthed funnels, was the unloveliest royal yacht in Europe.

    Castles of Steel

  • The dungeon guards did not carry muskets, but instead had coiled whips in their belts and bell-mouthed blunderbusses on their shoulders.

    Sharpe's Tiger

  • "I have a fine, bell-mouthed bay," acknowledged Hugh, grinning.

    The Raven In The Foregate

  • One carried a bell-mouthed horse-pistol, the other a cudgel.

    Sharpe's Regiment

  • Another type of firearm occasionally issued to the French infantry for counterinsurgency or antiguerilla operations was a bell-mouthed blunderbuss, loaded with a handful of loose powder and whatever hard objects were readily available.


  • Behind him could be seen on the wall a bell-mouthed gun, a ship model, a curious statuette: souvenirs of far stars.

    Ensign Flandry


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