A goblet- or hourglass-shaped hand drum having a single drumhead, typically held in the lap or under the arm and widely used in Middle Eastern, Balkan, and North African music.
Other Word Forms
Origin of darbuka
- Ultimately (partly via Turkish darbuka) from Arabic darabukka, dirbakka perhaps from Syriac ’ardbakkā
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition