from The Century Dictionary.
- To scare with a lowbell, as birds in fowling.
- noun A bell used in a certain kind of fowling by night, the birds being made to lie close by the sound of the bell and blinded by a light, so as to be easily taken by a net which is thrown over them.
- noun A bell hung on the necks of sheep or other animals.
- To serenade with noisy, rough music. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To frighten, as with a lowbell.
- noun A bell used in fowling at night, to frighten birds, and, with a sudden light, to make them fly into a net.
- noun A bell to be hung on the neck of a sheep.
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The captaine notwithstanding desirous to bring some token from thence of his being there, was greatly discontented that he had not before apprehended some of them: and therefore to deceiue the deceiuers he wrought a pretty policy; for knowing wel how they greatly delighted in our toyes, and specially in belles, he rang a pretty lowbell, making signes that he would giue him the same that would come and fetch it.
_lowbell_, for a mode of birdcatching by night, by which the birds, being awakened by the bell, are lured by the light into nets held by the fowlers.
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