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[tahb-luh s]
  1. an island in the Sibuyan Sea, Philippines, one of the Romblon Islands. 265 sq. mi. (686 sq. km).
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[tah-bluh, tuhb-luh]
  1. a small drum or pair of drums of India tuned to different pitches and played with the hands.
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Origin of tabla

1860–65; earlier tubla < Hindi tablā < Arabic ṭabla, derivative of ṭabl drum
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Historical Examples of tablas

  • Tablas, in the Spanish tables, probably the game of draughts.

    The Boy's Book of Heroes

    Helena Peake

  • Roofs are transverse beams (vigas), which in turn hold small cross branches (savinos) or planks (tablas).

  • About two leagues from the island of Tablas—or, as it is also called, Osigan—lies the island of Simara.

  • The island of Donblon lies between Çibuyan and the island of Tablas.

British Dictionary definitions for tablas


  1. a musical instrument of India consisting of a pair of drums whose pitches can be varied
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Word Origin for tabla

Hindu, from Arabic tabla drum
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Word Origin and History for tablas



pair of drums used in northern Indian music, 1865, from Hindi, from Arabic tabl "a drum played with the hand."

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