a set of two small drums whose pitch can be varied, used esp. in India and played with the hands
Origin of tablaHindustani ; from Arabic ?abla, drum
- A small hand drum of northern India.
- A pair of drums, differing in size and tone, played together.
Origin of tablaHindi tabla, from Arabic &tlowdot;abla, from Aramaic &tlowdot;abl, drum, perhaps of Persian origin; akin to Middle Persian tumbag, drum.