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[sis-truh m] /ˈsɪs trəm/
noun, plural sistrums, sistra
[sis-truh] /ˈsɪs trə/ (Show IPA)
an ancient Egyptian percussion instrument consisting of a looped metal frame set in a handle and fitted with loose crossbars that rattle when shaken.
Origin of sistrum
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek seîstron, derivative of seíein to shake (cf. seismic) Unabridged
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noun (pl) -tra (-trə)
a musical instrument of ancient Egypt consisting of a metal rattle
Word Origin
C14: via Latin from Greek seistron, from seiein to shake
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