pl. -·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 s&imacron;strum, 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").