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tala

noun ta·la \ ˈtä-lə \

Definition of tala

: one of the ancient traditional rhythmic patterns of South Asian music — compare raga

Origin and Etymology of tala

Sanskrit tāla, literally, hand-clapping


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tala

noun ta·la \ ˈtä-lə , -(ˌ)lä \

Definition of tala

plural tala or talas
the basic monetary unit of Samoa — see Money Table

Origin and Etymology of tala

Samoan, from English dollar


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