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tim·balalso tym·bal (tĭm′bəl)
[French timbale, from Old French, alteration (influenced by cymbale, cymbals) of tamballe, alteration (influenced by tambour, drum) of Old Spanish atabal, small drum, from Arabic aṭ-ṭabl, the drum : al-, the + ṭabl, drum; see tabla.]
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(Instruments) music a type of kettledrum
[C17: from French timbale, from Old French tamballe, (associated also with cymbale cymbal), from Old Spanish atabal, from Arabic at-tabl the drum]
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2. Also, tymbal. a vibrating membrane in certain insects, as the cicada.
[1670–80; < French, Middle French timbale, alter. (by association with cymbale cymbal) of tamballe, itself alter. (by association with tambour drum, tambour) of Sp atabal < Arabic al ṭabl]
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