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A percussion instrument consisting of a concave brass plate that makes a loud clashing tone when hit with a drumstick or when used in pairs.

[Middle English, from Old English and from Old French cymbale, both from Latin cymbalum, from Greek kumbalon, from kumbē, bowl.]

cym′bal·eer′ (sĭm′bə-lîr′), cym′bal·er, cym′bal·ist n.
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Noun1.cymbalist - a performer on the cymbals
percussionist - a musician who plays percussion instruments
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