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or tym·bal

[tim-buh l]
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  1. a kettledrum.
  2. Entomology. a vibrating membrane in certain insects, as the cicada.
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Origin of timbal

1670–80; < French, Middle French timbale, alteration (by association with cymbale cymbal) of tamballe, itself alteration (by association with tambour drum, tambour) of Spanish atabal < Arabic al ṭabl the drum
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Historical Examples

  • Serve in pattie shells of baked pastry or in timbal cases or on buttered toast.

    Civic League Cook Book


British Dictionary definitions for timbal



  1. music a type of kettledrum
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Word Origin

C17: from French timbale, from Old French tamballe, (associated also with cymbale cymbal), from Old Spanish atabal, from Arabic at-tabl the drum
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