Definition of frame drum
: any of a class of small handheld drums with a narrow frame, usually a single membrane, and often disk jingles and that is held in one hand and struck with the hand or a stick … the hand positions exhibited in the figures are very similar to positions used today in playing the frame drum of the Middle East. — Theodore L. Burgh, Listening to the Artifacts, 2006; especially : tambourine —called also hand drum
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