tym·​bal ˈtim-bəl How to pronounce tymbal (audio)
: the vibrating membrane in the shrilling organ of a cicada

Examples of tymbal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The loud, buzzing drone cicadas make is actually a mating song emitted by male insects, flexing a drumlike organ called a tymbal. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 23 May 2021 Male cicadas have a special ribbed organ called a tymbal. Dustin Barnes, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2021 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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Word History


alteration of timbal

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tymbal was in 1929

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“Tymbal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tymbal. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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