timbal | tymbal, n.
Second edition, 1989; online version November 2010. ; accessed 12 January 2011.
1. A kettledrum. Now Hist. or arch.1680 London Gaz. No. 1484/1, The Trumpets and Timbals led the way.
c1709 M. Prior Charity 15 A tymbal's sound were better than my voice.
1713 London Gaz. No. 5106/2, Two hundred of their People [Turks] riding‥with Timbals and Chalumeaux.
1788 Gibbon Decline & Fall (1846) l. V. 15 A chorus of women, striking their tymbals, and displaying the pomp of their nuptials.
1813 Arabian Nts. III. 345 [They] danced and skipped about him to the sound of the tymbals.
American Heritage Dictionary:
tim·bal also tym·bal (tmbl)
[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 a-abl, the drum : al-, the + abl, drum; see tabla.]
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