tim·​bale | \ ˈtim-bəl How to pronounce timbale (audio) ; tim-ˈbäl, tam-\

Definition of timbale

1a : a creamy mixture (as of meat or vegetables) baked in a mold also : the mold in which it is baked
b : a small pastry shell filled with a cooked timbale mixture
2 or less commonly timbal \ ˈtim-​bəl How to pronounce timbal (audio) \ : one of a set of single-headed cylindrical drums played with sticks usually used in plural

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Other orchestra members are conga player and percussionist Willie Vazquez, drum and timbales player Rob Castaneda, bassist Art Lopez and keyboardist Jimmy Hernandez. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Latin Satin Soul performs at free Whiting concert series," 12 July 2018 Reading her recipe brought me back to that Sicilian antipasto and the timbale. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "Cucina Italiana: The joy of eggplant. Try making a timbale," 5 July 2018 Eddie had also studied piano but switched to timbales at 13 to join his uncle’s band, El Chino y su alma tropical. Deborah Ramírez, miamiherald, "Eddie Palmieri brings his 'Wisdom' to Miami's Olympia Theater | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 The percussion section is rounded out by David Arroyo on conga and Everado Rey on timbales. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Orquesta Iluziones ready to dish out salsa music at Hobart show," 2 Feb. 2018 Lunch — citrus salad, orzo timbale with diced chicken and bite-sized fruit pies from Epicurean — followed in the Seawell Grand Ballroom. Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post, "Seen: Women with Hattitude at the DCPA," 16 May 2017 Also on view will be dozens of artifacts, from clothes worn by Celia Cruz to Tito Puente’s timbales. Daniel Mcdermon, New York Times, "Birth of the Hot: Salsa in New York," 7 June 2017 The colorful scoring, with large percussion battery in which congas, bongos, maracas and timbales (Cuban tom-toms) are prominent, reinforces the folkloric sensibility that permeates the seven sections of this concert Mass. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Grant Park premiere dances to the joyous Caribbean beat of 'Missa Latina'," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of timbale

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for timbale

French, literally, kettledrum

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