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tala1

[tah-luh]
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noun
  1. a repeated rhythmic pattern of stressed and unstressed beats played on a percussion instrument in Indian music.

Origin of tala1

1890–95; < Sanskrit tāla; compare Hindi tāl

tala2

[tah-luh]
noun, plural ta·la.
  1. a paper money, cupronickel or silver coin, and monetary unit of Western Samoa, equal to 100 sene.

Origin of tala2

1965–70; < Samoan tālā < English dollar
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Examples from the Web for tala

Historical Examples

  • This last anecdote, by Nelson, appears to be contradicted by Hay of Tala.

    The Mystery of Mary Stuart

    Andrew Lang

  • Within a few days, Donnegan related, everybody was nipping on the tala.

    The Test Colony

    Winston Marks

  • Why did they come into the clearing when they drank the tala?

    The Test Colony

    Winston Marks

  • We had not yet got a clear idea of the nature of Tala Mungongo.

  • Tala and Langi returned to Pulotu and told about their ill-usage.


British Dictionary definitions for tala

tala

noun
  1. the standard monetary unit of Samoa, divided into 100 sene
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