Definition Of bellwethe


the leading sheep of a flock, with a bell on its neck.

So a bellwether is the head ram with a bell hung around its neck.

Example Of bellwethe

  • And since changes in the Arctic are considered bellwethers of what is to come further south, the researchers consider this their most urgent environmental wake-up call to date.

  • As the world's largest chipmaker, the company is clearly the bellwether for the PC market.

  • Basildon is now the bellwether of Britain's voting behaviour

  • But a very few will become the bellwethers - and redefine the world.

  • college campuses are often the bellwether of change

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