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Kettledrum   Listen

A large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it.  Synonyms: kettle, timpani, tympani, tympanum.

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... tail-race is a long race and a hundred yards' start is a serious handicap in a quarter of a mile. Down the sloping trail the bronchos were running savagely, their noses close to earth, their feet on the hard ground like the roar of a kettledrum, their harness and trappings fluttering over their backs, the wagon pitching like a ship in a gale, the girl clinging to its high seat as a sailor to a swaying mast. Behind, and swiftly drawing level with ...
— The Patrol of the Sun Dance Trail • Ralph Connor

Words linked to "Kettledrum" :   percussion instrument, timpani, percussive instrument

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