plural noun sing. timpano
Origin: It, pl. of timpano < L tympanum: see tympan
- timpanist noun
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also tym·pa·niplural noun (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Origin: Italian, pl. of timpano, kettledrum, from Latin tympanum, drum; see tympanum.
timpani - Cultural Definition
Italian for kettledrums; the term timpani is often preferred by composers and performers.