timbal

[tim-buhl]
noun
1.
a kettledrum.
2.
Entomology. a vibrating membrane in certain insects, as the cicada.
Also, tymbal.


Origin:
1670–80; < French, Middle French timbale, alteration (by association with cymbale cymbal) of tamballe, itself alteration (by association with tambour drum, tambour) of Spanish atabal < Arabic al ṭabl the drum

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timbal or tymbal (ˈtɪmbəl)
 
n
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]
 
tymbal or tymbal
 
n
 
[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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Contracting the internal timbal muscles produces a clicking sound as the timbals buckle inwards.
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