kettledrum

noun
ket·​tle·​drum | \ ˈke-təl-ˌdrəm How to pronounce kettledrum (audio) \

Definition of kettledrum

: a percussion instrument that consists of a hollow brass, copper, or fiberglass hemisphere with a calfskin or plastic head whose tension can be changed to vary the pitch

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Examples of kettledrum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tape-staticky gourd rattle and kettledrum boom. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2018 The women hammered kettledrums and struck a gong suspended from a pagoda. Julie Lasky, New York Times, 4 July 2017

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First Known Use of kettledrum

1602, in the meaning defined above

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“Kettledrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kettledrum. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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kettledrum

noun
ket·​tle·​drum | \ ˈke-tᵊl-ˌdrəm How to pronounce kettledrum (audio) \

Kids Definition of kettledrum

: a large brass or copper drum that has a rounded bottom and can be varied in pitch

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