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noun tym·pan \ˈtim-pən\

Definition of tympan

  1. 1 :  1drum 1

  2. 2 :  a sheet (as of paper or cloth) placed between the impression surface of a press and the paper to be printed

  3. 3 :  tympanum 2

Origin and Etymology of tympan

in sense 1, from Middle English, from Old English timpana, from Latin tympanum; in other senses, from Medieval Latin & Latin tympanum

First Known Use: before 12th century

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