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the ringing or sounding of bells
About the word:
This word's Latin source, tintinnabulum, means "bell" and evokes the sound of one.
The word was popularized in the mid 1800s by Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Bells": "Keeping time, time, time, / In a sort of Runic rhyme, / To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells / from the bells, bells, bells, bells, / Bells, bells, bells...."