A wether or sheep that leads the group with a bell on their neck
- sheep leading the herd often putting on a bell
- an individual who assumes management of a movement or activity
- A wether, or sheep, leading the flock, with a bell on his neck.
- Therefore: A leader.
mid-14c. (belated 13c. in Anglo-Latin; belated 12c. as a surname), from bell (letter.) + wether; the lead sheep (on whose throat a bell had been hung) of a domesticated group. Figurative sense of "chief, frontrunner" is from mid-14c.
a phrase use to indicate a castrate male sheep which is used as a flock leader; they often wear a bell around their throat.
(letter.) A wether, or sheep, leading the group, with a bell on their throat.
- (letter.) thus: A leader.