Sistrum meaning

sĭstrəm
A percussion instrument of ancient Egypt, Sumeria, and Rome consisting of metal rods or loops attached to a metal frame.
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A metal rattle or noisemaker consisting of a handle and a frame fitted with loosely held rods: orig. used by the ancient Egyptians in religious worship.
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An ancient Egyptian musical instrument, to be shaken, consisting of a metal frame holding percussive metal beads.
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Origin of sistrum

  • Middle English from Latin sīstrum from Greek seistron from seiein to shake

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

  • From Latin sistrum, from Ancient Greek σείστρον (seistron), from σείω (seiō, “shake").

    From Wiktionary