sistrum

[ sis-truh m ]
/ ˈsɪs trəm /
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noun, plural sis·trums, sis·tra [sis-truh] /ˈsɪs trə/.

an ancient Egyptian percussion instrument consisting of a looped metal frame set in a handle and fitted with loose crossbars that rattle when shaken.

Nearby words

  1. sisterly,
  2. sistine,
  3. sistine chapel,
  4. sistine madonna,
  5. sistroid,
  6. sisyphean,
  7. sisyphus,
  8. sit,
  9. sit at one's feet,
  10. sit back

Origin of sistrum

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek seîstron, derivative of seíein to shake (cf. seismic)

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sistrum

/ (ˈsɪstrəm) /

noun plural -tra (-trə)

a musical instrument of ancient Egypt consisting of a metal rattle

Word Origin for sistrum

C14: via Latin from Greek seistron, from seiein to shake

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