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tam-tam

[tuhm-tuhm, tam-tam]
noun
  1. a gong with indefinite pitch.
  2. tom-tom.
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Origin of tam-tam

First recorded in 1775–85; variant of tom-tom
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Historical Examples of tam-tam

  • He re-read the score, set it going on the organ, then picked up the tam-tam.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • Come fleetly, come fleetly, my hookabadar, For the sound of the tam-tam is heard from afar.

  • Priests attend upon the goddess, and female dancers display their talent before her, accompanied by the loud music of the tam-tam.

  • With a scorching whiff of sulphur and violets, a thin, spiral scream, the music tapered into the sepulchral clang of a tam-tam.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • Again the page was played, the tam-tam's thin edge set shivering with mournful resonance.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker


British Dictionary definitions for tam-tam

tam-tam

noun
  1. another name for gong (def. 1)
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Word Origin for tam-tam

from Hindi: see tom-tom
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