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n. pl. sis·trums or sis·tra (-trə)
A percussion instrument of ancient Egypt, Sumeria, and Rome consisting of metal rods or loops attached to a metal frame.

[Middle English, from Latin sīstrum, from Greek seistron, from seiein, to shake.]
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n, pl -tra (-trə)
(Instruments) a musical instrument of ancient Egypt consisting of a metal rattle
[C14: via Latin from Greek seistron, from seiein to shake]
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(ˈsɪs trəm)

n., pl. -trums, -tra (-trə).
an ancient Egyptian percussion instrument consisting of a looped metal frame set in a handle and fitted with loose crossbars that rattle when shaken.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek seîstron, derivative of seíein to shake (compare seismic)]
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