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Tablas

[tahb-luh s] /ˈtɑb ləs/
noun
1.
an island in the Sibuyan Sea, Philippines, one of the Romblon Islands. 265 sq. mi. (686 sq. km).

tabla

[tah-bluh, tuhb-luh] /ˈtɑ blə, ˈtʌb lə/
noun
1.
a small drum or pair of drums of India tuned to different pitches and played with the hands.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; earlier tubla < Hindi tablā < Arabic ṭabla, derivative of ṭabl drum
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tabla

/ˈtʌblə; ˈtɑːblɑː/
noun
1.
a musical instrument of India consisting of a pair of drums whose pitches can be varied
Word Origin
Hindu, from Arabic tabla drum
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Word Origin and History for Tablas

tabla

n.

pair of drums used in northern Indian music, 1865, from Hindi, from Arabic tabl "a drum played with the hand."

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