tymbal

noun
tym·​bal | \ ˈtim-bəl How to pronounce tymbal (audio) \

Definition of tymbal

: the vibrating membrane in the shrilling organ of a cicada

Examples of tymbal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Males vibrate a special drum-like organ in their bodies called a tymbal to attract females. Lauren Cox, Popular Mechanics, 14 June 2020 The bug was making quite a commotion, beating its wings rapidly while emitting a loud, buzzing noise with its tymbals. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of tymbal

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tymbal

alteration of timbal

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“Tymbal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tymbal. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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