frame drum

noun

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. BurghListening to the Artifacts2006
especially : tambourine called also hand drum

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1901

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