[tah-bluh, tuhb-luh]
a small drum or pair of drums of India tuned to different pitches and played with the hands.

1860–65; earlier tubla < Hindi tablā < Arabic ṭabla, derivative of ṭabl drum Unabridged
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tabla (ˈtʌblə, ˈtɑːblɑː)
a musical instrument of India consisting of a pair of drums whose pitches can be varied
[Hindu, from Arabic tabla drum]

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Word Origin & History

pair of drums used in northern Indian music, 1865, from Hindi, from Arabic tabl "a drum played with the hand."
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Example sentences
The palms of tabla players danced on their instruments.
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