bell-lyra

noun
bell-ly·​ra | \ ˈbel-ˈlī-rə How to pronounce bell-lyra (audio) \
variants: or bell lyre \ -​ˌlī(-​ə)r How to pronounce bell lyre (audio) \

Definition of bell-lyra

: a glockenspiel mounted in a portable lyre-shaped frame and used especially in marching bands

First Known Use of bell-lyra

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bell-lyra

lyra from Latin, lyre

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“Bell-lyra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bell-lyra. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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