bell tone

noun

1
: the tone or timbre peculiar to a bell (such as a church bell) and composed of a unique series of harmonics beginning 1 : 2 : 2 : 4 : 3 : 4
2
: a musical tone (such as a tone produced on a trumpet) characterized by a strong initial accent followed by a sharp diminuendo similar in dynamics to a tone struck on a bell

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“Bell tone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bell%20tone. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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