finger cymbals

plural noun

Definition of finger cymbals

: a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of tiny cymbals that attach to a thumb and finger of each hand and are struck together especially in belly dancing

called also zills, zils

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First Known Use of finger cymbals

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Finger cymbals.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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