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bell +‎ -dom


belldom (uncountable)

  1. The world of bells and bellringing.
    • 1857, William Chambers, Robert Chambers, "Something about bells", Chambers's Journal, vol. 28, no. 207, page 398.
      They had a thick rim, and when struck with pieces of wood, gave out a tone deeper than that of some of the Great Toms renowned in belldom.
    • 1922, John Brown, James Boyd (eds), History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, OCLC 8019575, page 674.
      There is probably the greatest collection of bells to be found anywhere collected from the whole world of belldom.
    • 1934, Marie T. Walsh, The mission bells of California, page 309, OCLC 2651290.
      Wandering through the labyrinthine mazes of passages and arches and through the sun-kissed Garden of the Bells, one sees the complete evolution of belldom from the crude cowbells of the Roman campagna to the huge, resonant guardian of some European cathedral.
    • 1976, L. Elsinore Springer, That Vanishing Sound, →ISBN, page 185:
      Nevertheless, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., set new records in belldom when he donated the Riverside instrument [...]
    • 2002, K. S. Maniam, "The kling-kling woman", in Virtual Lotus: Modern Fiction of Southeast Asia, page 125, →ISBN.
      "Sisters in belldom!" the white man said approvingly, from a distance.