As such, let's take a brief look at one of the scenes of the first issue.
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something that leads or indicates a trend
The above definition is the sense of bellwether we know best. It's because we're not familiar with its literal definition that it's often mis-heard (or misspelled) as "bellweather."
A "wether" is (or rather was) a castrated ram. Shepherds in Olde Tymes used them to lead their sheep, fitting them with a bell to help keep track of both wether and flock.
According to Michael Quinion at World Wide Words, "by the fifteenth century, it was... a contemptuous term for a leader whom only sheep would follow, especially one who possessed a loud mouth but little judgement."
It's a fairly neutral term now--though it's always worth examining what sorts of bells we heed. ☺
It turns out almost anything you can name has a specific word to describe its shape—even things one might consider shape*less*.
Also, we are very fond of describing snakes.
boniform: having the form of good
igniform: having the shape or form of fire
luciform: like light (not Satan-related)
omegoid: shaped like a horseshoe or omega (hippocrepian is also horseshoe-shaped)
peltastiform: shield-shaped (also aspidate and scutiform)
villiform: of the form or shape of velvet (not Lex Luthor-related)
vitriform: of the form or shape of glass
anguiform, colubriform, ophiomorphic, and viperiform: shaped like a snake (or, in the last example, a viper)