kettledrums; esp., a set of kettledrums of different pitches played by one performer in an orchestra
Origin of timpaniIt, plural of timpano ; from Classical Latin tympanum: see tympan
plural noun(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A set of tunable kettledrums typically used in the percussion section of a symphony orchestra.
Origin of timpaniItalian, pl. of timpano, kettledrum, from Latin tympanum, drum; see tympanum.
(usually uncountable, plural timpanis)