sistrum

sistrum

[sis-truhm]
noun, plural sistrums, sistra [sis-truh] .
an ancient Egyptian percussion instrument consisting of a looped metal frame set in a handle and fitted with loose crossbars that rattle when shaken.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek seîstron, derivative of seíein to shake (cf. seismic)

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sistrum (ˈsɪstrəm)
 
n , pl -tra
a musical instrument of ancient Egypt consisting of a metal rattle
 
[C14: via Latin from Greek seistron, from seiein to shake]

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sistrum

percussion instrument, a rattle consisting of a wood, metal, or clay frame set loosely with crossbars (often hung with jingles) that sound when the instrument is shaken. A handle is attached to the frame

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