temple block


Definition of temple block

a : a percussion instrument used in East Asian Buddhist ceremonies consisting of a hollow, slotted, ornately carved wooden block that is struck with a beater
b : a related instrument either bulbous or boxlike in shape used in sets in Western classical and popular music usually used in plural

called also Chinese block, Chinese temple block

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First Known Use of temple block

1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Temple block.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temple%20block. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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