noun sis·trum \ˈsistrəm\

Definition of sistrum



\-rəmz\ or


  1. 1 :  an ancient Egyptian and Roman percussion instrument sacred to the goddesses Hathor and Isis consisting usually of a handle attached to a small metal strip bent into an oblong loop with holes for three or four loose metal rods that jingle when shaken

  2. 2 :  any of various musical instruments played like a rattle

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Origin and Etymology of sistrum

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek seistron, from seiein to shake — more at seismic

First Known Use: 14th century

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