Why do we call a large timepiece a “clock”?

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Like cloche in French, clock literally means bell. When the large mechanical clock was invented in the fourteenth century it didn’t tell time with a face and hands, but rather by sounding bells on the hour and eventually the quarter- and half-hour. This time device was named a clock because it told time by sounding bells. O’clock, as in twelve o’clock or five o’clock, is an abbreviation for “of the clock,” or “of the bells.”

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