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Variant of timpani.
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(Instruments) a variant spelling of timpani
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or tym•pa•ni

(ˈtɪm pə ni)
n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
a set of kettledrums.
[1735–45; < Italian, pl. of timpano kettledrum < Latin tympanum < Greek týmpanon]
tim′pa•nist, n.
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Noun1.tympani - a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on ittympani - a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it
percussion instrument, percussive instrument - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
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