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 tablā from Arabic &tlowdot;abla from Aramaic &tlowdot;abl drum perhaps of Persian origin Middle Persian tumbag drum