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cymbal

cymbal

noun cym·bal \ˈsim-bəl\

: a musical instrument in the form of a slightly curved thin metal plate that is played by hitting it with a drumstick or with another cymbal and that makes a very loud metallic sound

Full Definition of CYMBAL

:  a concave brass plate that produces a brilliant clashing tone and that is struck with a drumstick or is used in pairs struck glancingly together
cym·bal·ist \-bə-list\ noun

Origin of CYMBAL

Middle English, from Old English cymbal & Anglo-French cymbele, from Latin cymbalum, from Greek kymbalon, from kymbē bowl, boat
First Known Use: before 12th century

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