tympan

noun
tym·​pan | \ ˈtim-pən How to pronounce tympan (audio) \

Definition of tympan

2 : a sheet (as of paper or cloth) placed between the impression surface of a press and the paper to be printed

First Known Use of tympan

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tympan

in sense 1, from Middle English, from Old English timpana, from Latin tympanum; in other senses, from Medieval Latin & Latin tympanum

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“Tympan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tympan. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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