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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How to use sistrum in a sentence
We see here very distinctly the design of the egg- and sistrum- shaped bodies.Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism | Thomas Inman
Her blue eyes, filled with tears, were fixed on the sistrum which her weak, emaciated hands had hardly strength to hold.An Egyptian Princess, Complete | Georg Ebers
Tachot seemed to notice this, for she raised her eyes from the sistrum and looked kindly and gratefully at the crowd.An Egyptian Princess, Complete | Georg Ebers
sistrum, sis′trum, n. a form of rattle used in ancient Egypt in connection with the worship of Isis.
Whole nights were spent sitting in the temple amid the rattling of the sistrum.The Conflict of Religions in the Early Roman Empire | T. R. Glover
British Dictionary definitions for sistrum
a musical instrument of ancient Egypt consisting of a metal rattle
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