[tim-buhl; for 1, 2 also French tan-bal; Spanish teem-bah-le for 3]
noun, plural timbales [tim-buhlz; for 1, 2 also French tan-bal] .
Also, timbale case. a small shell made of batter, fried usually in a timbale iron.
a preparation, usually richly sauced, of minced meat, fish, or vegetables served in a timbale or other crust.
timbales, Also called timbales creoles [Spanish teem-bah-les kre-aw-les] . two conjoined Afro-Cuban drums similar to bongos but wider in diameter and played with drumsticks instead of the hands.

1815–25; < French: literally, kettledrum. See timbal

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timbale (tæmˈbɑːl, French tɛ̃bal)
1.  a mixture of meat, fish, etc, in a rich sauce, cooked in a mould lined with potato or pastry
2.  a plain straight-sided mould in which such a dish is prepared
[C19: from French: kettledrum]

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And it also created room for a percussionist to add additional rhythmic accents with maracas, claves, woodblocks and timbale.
In autumn, diners can be seen ordering roast venison with a timbale of chanterelles.
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