From Middle English belle, from Old English belle ("bell"), from Proto-Germanic *bellǭ. Cognate with West Frisian belle, bel, Dutch bel, Low German Belle, Bel, Danish bjelde, Swedish bjällra, Norwegian bjelle, Icelandic bjalla.
From Middle English bellen, from Old English bellan ("to bellow; make a hollow noise; roar; bark; grunt"), from Proto-Germanic *bellaną ("to sound; roar; bark"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- ("to sound; roar; bark"). Cognate with Scots bell ("to shout; speak loudly"), Dutch bellen ("to bark"), German Low German bellen ("to ring"), German bellen ("to bark"), Swedish böla ("to low; bellow; roar").
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