Bodhran definition

bōrän, bou-
A handheld goatskin drum used in traditional Irish music and often played with a stick.
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A shallow, hand-held drum played by striking the single drumhead with alternate knobbed ends of a beater.
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A type of frame drum used in Celtic music which was traditionally played by being struck with with an animal bone, or in modern times, a piece of wood.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bodhran
Plural:
bodhrans

Origin of bodhran

  • Irish Gaelic bodhrán from Middle Irish bodrán from Old Irish from bodar deaf, deafening

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Irish bodhrán, from Irish bodhor (“soft or dull sounding”) or Irish bodhar (“deaf”)

    From Wiktionary