[ sis-truhm ]
/ 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.



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Origin of sistrum

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

/ (ˈsɪstrəm) /

noun plural -tra (-trə)

a musical instrument of ancient Egypt consisting of a metal rattle
C14: via Latin from Greek seistron, from seiein to shake
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