- a repeated rhythmic pattern of stressed and unstressed beats played on a percussion instrument in Indian music.
Origin of tala1
1890–95; < Sanskrit tāla; compare Hindi tāl
- a paper money, cupronickel or silver coin, and monetary unit of Western Samoa, equal to 100 sene.
Origin of tala2
1965–70; < Samoan tālā < English dollar
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Examples from the Web for tala
This last anecdote, by Nelson, appears to be contradicted by Hay of Tala.The Mystery of Mary Stuart
Within a few days, Donnegan related, everybody was nipping on the tala.
Why did they come into the clearing when they drank the tala?
We had not yet got a clear idea of the nature of Tala Mungongo.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa
Tala and Langi returned to Pulotu and told about their ill-usage.Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before
- the standard monetary unit of Samoa, divided into 100 sene
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