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1. A small hand drum of northern India.
2. A pair of drums, differing in size and tone, played together.
[Hindi tablā, from Arabic ṭabla, from Aramaic ṭabl, drum, perhaps of Persian origin; akin to Middle Persian tumbag, drum.]
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(Instruments) a musical instrument of India consisting of a pair of drums whose pitches can be varied
[Hindu, from Arabic tabla drum]
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ta•bla(ˈtɑ blə, ˈtʌb lə)
n., pl. -blas.
a small hand drum of India tuned to different pitches.
[1860–65; < Hindi tablā < Arabic ṭabla drum]
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