When they passed the Red Sea, Miriam and the maidens danced in chorus with singing and the beating of the timbrel (tambour).
They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
All last night you were absent from your post, passing the wine cup, striking the timbrel—what do I know or care?
Some neglect him entirely; skipping lightly from timbrel to Timbuctoo.
When he drew near the house the chorus within were still practising “Strike the timbrel.”
Here are the trumpets, the harp, the psaltery, and the timbrel.
Praise him with timbrel and choir: praise him with strings and organs.
Tympanum is used for a timbrel or drum, tympanidia a diminutive of it.
It is his own daughter, his only child, going out to meet him with the timbrel and with dances.
They take the timbrel, and the harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
"percussive Middle Eastern instrument," c.1500, diminutive of timbre (q.v.) in its older French sense of "drum." Used in Bible translations, chiefly to render Hebrew toph, cognate with Arabic duff "drum," of imitative origin.