nounpl. -·trums or -·tra
a metal rattle or noisemaker consisting of a handle and a frame fitted with loosely held rods: orig. used by the ancient Egyptians in religious worship
Origin of sistrumMiddle English from Classical Latin from Classical Greek seistron from seiein, to shake from Indo-European an unverified form tweis?- from base an unverified form twei-, to shake
nounpl. sis·trums, or sis·tra
A percussion instrument of ancient Egypt, Sumeria, and Rome consisting of metal rods or loops attached to a metal frame.
Origin of sistrumMiddle English from Latin sīstrum from Greek seistron from seiein to shake
Egyptian bronze sistrum
(plural sistrums or sistra)
- An ancient Egyptian musical instrument, to be shaken, consisting of a metal frame holding percussive metal beads.
From Latin sistrum, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÎµÎ¯ÏƒÏ„ÏÎ¿Î½ (seistron), from ÏƒÎµÎ¯Ï‰ (seiÅ, “shake").